Artsruni (Armenian: Արծրունի; also transliterated as Ardzruni) was was an ancient Armenian noble family that claimed descent from Sennacherib, King of Assyria (705 BC–681 BC). The Armenian language (hy հայերեն լեզու hajɛɹɛn lɛzu —, conventional short form) is an Indo-European language spoken by the Armenian Armenia (Հայաստան transliterated: Hayastan,) officially the Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն Hayastani Armenian nobility has a long history with many interruptions most notable of which was the Russian occupation Sennacherib ( Akkadian Sîn-ahhe-eriba "(moon god Sîn has replaced (lost brothers for me" was the son of Sargon II, whom he Events and trends 689 BC — King Sennacherib of Assyria sacks Babylon. Although it mirrors the Bagratuni claim of Davidic descent and the Mamikonian claim of descent from the royal Han Dynasty, it is usually interpreted as a piece of genealogical mythology. The Bagratuni or Bagratid royal dynasty of Armenia (Բագրատունյաց Արքայական Տոհմ or Bagratunyac Arqayakan Tohm) is a royal family David, Arabic: داوود or داود dawud, "beloved" was the second king of the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Hebrew Bible Mamikonian or Mamikoneans (Մամիկոնյան was a noble family which dominated Armenian politics between the 4th and 8th century The Han Dynasty ( 206 BC–220 AD followed the Qin Dynasty and preceded the Three Kingdoms in China. The origin of this claim is attributed to Moses of Chorene according to whom Sennacherib's sons fled to Armenia after murdering him and founded the clans of the Artsruni and Gnuni. Gnuni (Գնունի was a noble family of old Armenia c 300 &ndash 800. Chorene in turn was in all likelihood inspired by Biblical tradition:
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Genealogist and historian Cyril Toumanoff favors an Orontid origin of the Artsruni family. Prince Cyril Toumanoff (born Toumanishvili) (1913 – 1997 was a historian and genealogist of Georgian origin who mostly specialized in the history of medieval The Orontid Dynasty (in Armenian: Երվանդունիների հարստություն was the first known Armenian dynasty  Professor James Russell proposed the idea that the Artsrunis derived their name from the Urartian word artsibini (eagle) which survived in Armenian as artsiv. For other uses see James Russell (disambiguation. James Robert Russell (born in 1953, New York City) is a scholar Urartian (also called Vannic, in older literature also "Chaldean" is the conventional name for the language spoken by the inhabitants of the ancient kingdom The Armenian language (hy հայերեն լեզու hajɛɹɛn lɛzu —, conventional short form) is an Indo-European language spoken by the Armenian The eagle was a totemic animal for the Artsrunis and in a legend the progenitor of the Artsrunis is said to have been abandoned as a child but rescued by an eagle. 
The first attested member of the family is thought to be Mithrobarzanes in 69 B. C, the viceroy of Tigranes the Great in Sophene. This article is about a king of Armenia in the 1st century BCE. For the kingdom please see Kingdom of Sophene. Sophene (Ծոփք - Tsopk) was a province of the Armenian Kingdom and of the Roman Empire  During the reign of the Arshakuni, the family ruled the princely estates of Greater and Lesser Albak in Vaspurakan, southeast of Lake Van, gradually annexing the surrounding territory. The Arsacid Dynasty (Arshakuni Dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Armenia from 54 to 428 Vaspurakan (also transliterated as Vasbouragan in Western Armenian; Վասպուրական meaning the "noble land" or "land of princes" was first a province Lake Van (Van Gölü Gola Wanê Վանա լիճ Daryacheye Van ("Lake of Van" is the largest Lake
In the middle of the 4th century the family was deposed. As a means of recording the passage of Time, the 4th century (per the Julian calendar and Anno Domini / Common era) was that Century Chavash survived, and recovered power. In 369 the state was led by Merujan Artsruni who guided Persian troops to Armenia and defeated the General (sparapet) Mamikonian. Events By Place Roman Empire Athanaric, a Visigoth ruler fights against Valens at Isaccea. Meruzhan Artzruni (transliteration differs can also be spelled Merujan, Ardzruni, Artsruni, Artsrouni) (ruled c The Persian Empire was a series of Iranian empires that ruled over the Iranian plateau, the original Persian homeland and beyond in Western Asia Sparapet ( Armenian: Սպարապետ) was a hereditary military rank used in ancient and medieval Armenia such as the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Mamikonian or Mamikoneans (Մամիկոնյան was a noble family which dominated Armenian politics between the 4th and 8th century The latter recovered power soon after, however, and Merujan was killed.
Around 772 the Artsruni presided over the families of Amatuni, Rshtuni, Teruni of Dariunq (before a possession of the Bagratuni) and ruled the regions of Maku, Artaz, Great Zab Valley and Van river. Events By Place Europe Charlemagne starts fighting the Saxons and the Frisians; Saxony is subdued and converted Amatuni (Ամատունի was an ancient Armenian noble family known from the 4th century AD in the canton of Artaz, between lakes Van and Urmia Rshtuni (Ռշտունի was an old Armenian noble house which ruled the region of Rshtuniq who were purportedly descendants of Rusas I of Urartu. Terumi was a district of Armenia c 400-800 and the family that ruled it The Bagratuni or Bagratid royal dynasty of Armenia (Բագրատունյաց Արքայական Տոհմ or Bagratunyac Arqayakan Tohm) is a royal family In 908 they forged the principality of Vaspurakan. Events By Place Asia The Battle of Belach Mugna is fought Zhu Wen kills the last Tang Dynasty emperor Vaspurakan (also transliterated as Vasbouragan in Western Armenian; Վասպուրական meaning the "noble land" or "land of princes" was first a province