(1) A landlocked republic in southwestern Asia; formerly an Asian soviet; modern Armenia is but a fragment of ancient Armenia which was one of the world's oldest civilizations; throughout 2500 years the Armenian people have been invaded and oppressed by their neighbors
From (late 6th century BC), (early 5th century BC). The further etymology of the Persian name is uncertain, but may be connected to the Armânum, Armanî
and/or the Biblical Minni
. See Name of Armenia article for theories. The Old Persian name is an exonym: see for the native name and Urartu
for the Biblical Ararat
- Ancient kingdom in the Armenian Highland southeast of Black Sea and southwest of Caspian Sea; area now divided between Turkey, Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
- A small country in Western Asia. Official name: Republic of Armenia. Official language: Armenian. Capital: Yerevan.