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What could it mean?

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 12:17 am    Post subject: Re: What could it mean? Reply with quote

AmitraNox wrote:
Does anybody know what the word "caxurnias" (or a similar word) means?...and what wouldbe the cnection between this word and Alexander the Great?

...it doesnt appear anywhere on the internet and so i apppeal to your help..


One possibility:
Caxur - nia
The Caxur or Tsakhur people of Dagestan. Nia is a suffix means 'land of' or 'people from'.
Dagestan was part of Caucasian Albania -
The kingdom of Caucasian Albania was founded in the late fourth or early third century BC. Albanians are mentioned for the first time in 331 BC at the Battle of Gaugamela as participants from the satrapy of Media.[6]
This area was conquered by Alexander and later became part of the Seleucid Empire.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AmitraNox wrote:
Oh, and one more thing...now that we have a clue of what caxurnia may mean...could you, please, tell the exact location of this place now (country, state, river, mountain...anything)?

They originated in Dagestan, which is in the Caucasus mountains. It borders on Kalmykia in the north, Stavropol Territory in the northwest, the Chechen Republic in the west, Georgia along the Divide Range of the Greater Caucasus, and the Republic of Azerbaijan in the south. Eastern Dagestan has nearly 530 km of coastline on the Caspian Sea.
The most ancient archeological sites date to the Acheulian Period. Tribes of Legs, Gels, and Udis that lived in what is now Dagestan in the first millennium B.C. are among the earliest ancestors of the Dagestani people. At the end of the first millennium, this territory and all the tribes inhabiting it were part of Caucasian Albania
(from http://www.kommersant.com/p-94/r_438/Dagestan_Republic/
This is a map of ethnolinquistic groups :
http://commons.***/wiki/Image:Caucasus-ethnic_en.svg
They also celebrate the ancient Persian festival of Novruz.
I am wondering if these were also part of the peoples originally known as the Saka or Scythians?
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