Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Life, as you can see, blooms afresh in Seattle. This includes weeds, and grass, which occupy me far more than I would wish. And soon I will be heading to the Midwest, for Mothers Day. Thus my apologies to anyone who comes to this blog looking for new material and new insights. When I post things here I try to make them a summation, an encapsulation of events that will be readable for more than a few days. Right now there is too much going on in Anatolia and Kurdistan for me to begin to keep up. For now, patience please. I'll be back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update.
Also, sorry to pry but as I am from madison, WI, i thought to ask where are you going to in the midwest?
Anyways, thanks for your blog,
Oswald Veblen

May 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


When I saw this piece on Mount Ararat and the reference to Noah's ark I couldn't but remember your piece on Mount Judi. It supports your theory:

Let me know if you need help with translation.


June 25, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Gordon Taylor said...

To my Norwegian mathematician friend: Sorry I didn't reply earlier. I went to a place where "the tall corn grows." But I've also spent a lot of time in Madison.

To Zerkes: Thank you! That was fascinating, even if it was hard for me to read. He answers some good questions, like, if Agri in Turkish means "pain," then What pain? Whose pain? It makes no sense. The "fire mountain" derivation from Agiri in Kurdish sounds right to me. And of course the rest of it, about Ararat/Urartu, is right on.

If I get around to it, I will try translating this article, and then I'll post it. Thanks for letting me know.

June 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon, Agiri makes sense because of another fact. You see, Agiri was volcanic at some point hence the name Agiri (of fire) makes more sense.


June 26, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Gordon Taylor said...

Zerkes, Thanks. I saw that in the article. He talks about a "volcanic event" in 1840; the Blue Guide to Turkey talks about an earthquake on the mountain in 1840. It's the same thing: earthquakes and volcanic activity often happen together, as they did with Mt. St. Helens (Washington State, USA) in 1980. And of course around Agri there is lava everywhere. (See my post last summer about Tendurek Dagi.)

Zerkes, if you feel like translating the Kurdistan Post article yourself, be my guest! I'll post it for you here, with a credit. I think it will be much easier for you. Just email me at my profile email address if you feel like doing it.

June 26, 2009 at 8:39 PM  

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