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Arg or Ark, a fortress or fortified castle which was typically built inside city limits, or a larger fort erected on a promontory with the purpose of serving as a headquarters for commanders, or the dwelling-place of the king and his retinue.

Part 1: The Arg in Ancient Persia: Etymology

The term arg in Indo-European languages forms the root of such words as ‘to protect’, ‘to take sanctuary’, ‘to resist’, ‘to ward off’ and ‘barricade’ (Pokorny, 65–66). There ha…

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Rajabi, Parviz, Sotoudeh, Manouchehr and Translated by Roxane Zand, “Arg”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0293>
First published online: 2015

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