Originally posted by surorus:
May be Iranians are closer to us.
Now, Armenia has good relations with Iran, but in past Armenians had suffered from Iran a lot too. In 17-19 centuries Armenian and other Caucasian girls were hot selling items in humane markets throughout Persia and Arabia. In have read and heard from grandparents that Turks, Kurds, and Persians used to systematically invade Armenian villages and town to rob people and capture young girls to sell to sultans and sheikhs later.
It's not true, from the 17th century on Armenians were a privilaged ethnic group in Iran, because they were very close to the Safavid royal court.
But during the Qajar dynasty in the 19th century, the position of Armenians marginalized, but still were better off than the southern persians, the Gilakis and the Georgians.
The same story I have heared from the Georgia's Georgians that the Iranian Georgians were slaves of the Persians, it's totall nonsense, I have family trees and know exactly who were my ancestors in Georgia, If I tell them that i am from royal house they get angry at me too, but it is true, my ancestory goes back to the Georgian elite, of Bagtrationi, wsome say even to Parnavaz Parthian court, but stiill some say that Bagrationi kings were themselves decendants of Parnavaz (also written as farnabaz), parthian (the same dynasty as Trdat/Tirdad sp?)
And the fact that my ancestors were in the safavide royal court is a fact that those Georgia's georgians can't stand it, however they know that I and the Iranian Georgians as general don't feel necessarily suerior to the Georgians of Caucasus, because our royal ancestory, but for them truth aches, their problem actuaklly.