ARMIN, the fourth son of Kay Qobād in certain texts of the Šāh-nāma (ed. Mohl, 11, v. 228; Borūḵīm, II, p. 314; Gozīda-ye loḡat-eŠāh-nāma, v. 191), apparently a misreading of the Av. Kavi Byaršan (Yt. 13.132 and Yt. 19.7) found as Kay Āḏaraš, Kay Āras, Āraš in some other texts (e.g., [Moscow] II, p. 74; cf. Ṭabarī, I, pp. 534, 617). Spiegel and Nöldeke held that the misreading must date from long before Ferdowsī’s time, and Spiegel surmised that the purpose was to present Kay Qobād’s son as the founder of the ruling house of Armenia. But the variants tend to indicate that this error was introduced after Ferdowsī’s time.
See also ʿAbd-al-Qāder Baḡdādī, Gozīda-ye loḡat-e Šāh-nāma, ed. C. Salemann, St. Petersburg, 1895, repr. with introd. by. Ḥ. Ḵadīv Jam, Tehran, 1353 Š./1974.
T. Nöldeke, “Kajanier im Awestâ,” ZDMG 32, 1878, pp. 570-72.
F. Spiegel, “Awestâ und Schâhnâme,” ZDMG 45, 1891, pp. 187-203.
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