On Sunday May 17, 2015 3:33 PM, "Stephen Williamson" wrote:
Subject:Taking a look at Armenia, and some recent Internet Society news
Armenia (in their language Hyastan) click here for the visual scripting in their alphabet and a correct audio pronunciation by a "Google-man" .
Yes, dear old Armenia, anciently known as Ararat, one of the oldest countries in the world. According to scripture, the mountain where Noah's ark landed. According to the Jewish historian Josephus click here, after the breakup of the nations it was settled by Ul (pronounced "ool"), Shem's grandson via Aram. Aram himself settled in Syria to its south, with his language, known as Aramaic somewhat akin to Hebrew , becoming the lingua franca of the whole region. Its alphabetic script spread into Assyria, Babylon and Persia replacing Akkadian, an earlier "picture" based script.
Under Cyrus the Great, Armenia was a major government in the north until it was conquered by Roman general Pompey in 67BC.
In 301 AD, their king Tiridates_III_of_Armenia declared Christianity to be their official state religion. He was quite a warrior king, apparently, and after his conversion, well, awkwardly, the bloodshed didn't stop. But, in acknowledging Jesus of Nazareth as their divine Lord (and human example), they were politically the first country (once again) to settle that point.
Interestingly, their own name for themselves, Hyastan, derives from a chap named Hayk, great-great grandson of Noah through Japheth, Gomer, Togarmah, click here for his history.
This alphabet was based mainly on Greek plus bits of Pahlavi (ancient Sanskrit). It was opposed by Zoroastrian scholars of the Persian culture and religion who employed the earlier alphabet, Aramaic. Still the Armenians were ready for a new script, Tiridates in 301 had apparently "destroyed countless statues, temples and written documents". 😉
Coming up to today's recent news, as most of you know, web pages are found through domain names, starting with a top level domain or TLD. In Australia, ours is .au, in Armenia it has been .am.
Well, last week, the Armenia chapter of the Internet Society got one for themselves in their own script. I've been monitoring and publishing these new TLDs and their background for some years now.
Click here, if you would like to see the code, it shows the actual script, and the internal English code, that the billion computer hosts worldwide need to use, if they need to communicate it over the Internet. Click here to see more background, for those interested.
Blessings all Steve
Stephen Williamson Computing Services Pty Ltd
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