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(also Arsaniia, Arta), with Kuiaviia and Slaviia, one of the three centers of ancient Rus’.

Artanitia existed in the ninth century; it was mentioned by Arab and Persian geographers (al-Balkhi, al-Istakhri, ibn-Haukal, and others). Some researchers identify Artaniia with the territory of the Antes; others, with Tmutarakan’; and a third group, with the city of Riazan’.


Mongait, A. L. “K voprosu o trekh tsentrakh Drevnei Rusi.” In the collection Kratkie soobshcheniia Instituta istorii material’noi kul’tury AN SSSR, vol. 16. Moscow-Leningrad, 1947..
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