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    The Times (London)
    April 21, 2006, Friday

    Two countries with the same name

    Have two countries with the same name ever existed in entirely
    different locations at the same, or different, points of history?

    Further to your previous replies (March 24, April 7), there is at
    least one other example -Armenia.

    Although it is now an independent country sandwiched between Iran,
    Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan, it was once much larger, with a
    seaboard on the Caspian Sea, and sat beneath the Caucasian versions
    of Iberia and Albania (already mentioned). In AD301 it adopted
    Christianity as its state religion, more than a decade before
    Christians were tolerated by Rome.

    Armenia was swallowed by the Byzantines and then the Turks, and in
    1064, refugees fleeing the Seljuks, created a new Armenia by the
    Mediterranean, the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Against the odds,
    this lasted about 300 years. It was propped up by Frankish crusaders
    after the First Crusade and became a French crusader state, adjacent
    to Antioch and Edessa. It grew to become the Kingdom of Armenia in
    1198 under Leon II, a dominion on the underbelly of Turkey from the
    Euphrates to what is today Gazipasa. It ended with the Marmeluk
    invasion of 1375.

    Randolph Simms, Exeter