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    Posted: 15-May-2006 at 03:35

Originally posted by Azeriturko

Azerbaijan=comes from greek ''Atropatan'', wich means ---->The land of fire

I don't think that you would need to go all the way to Greece to find the root of the word Azerbaijan ...when In Persian Azer/Azar means Fire and Baijan is reffered to a land or field of ....

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Originally posted by RomiosArktos

Are you sure that El means light in Greek?Interesting etymology anyway!!
I thought however that the name Hellas was derived from a Greek tribe that was living next to the oracle of Dodoni in Epirus,the Selli tribe.I am not sure though.

The most popular explanation of this name is "land of light". One possible version is that  "Hellas" derived from the tribe "Selli", but the name of this tribe is connected with the word "selini" (moon) or the "selas" (polar aurora), which both have the meaning of light.

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Originally posted by BlueDragonRider7

Originally posted by Azeriturko

Azerbaijan=comes from greek ''Atropatan'', wich means ---->The land of fire

I don't think that you would need to go all the way to Greece to find the root of the word Azerbaijan ...when In Persian Azer/Azar means Fire and Baijan is reffered to a land or field of ....



Atropatan ?  I nwhich greek dialect ?
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