|King of Urartu|
|Reign||c. 834–828 BC|
|Predecessor||Arame or Lutipri|
Sarduri I is most known for moving the capital of the Urartu kingdom to Tushpa (Van). This proved to be significant as Tushpa became the focal point of politics in the Near East. He was succeeded by his son, Ishpuini of Urartu, who then expanded the kingdom.
It has been suggested that the name Sarduri comes from Sardi dur, meaning "given by Sardi." Sardi was the Urartian equivalent of Ishtar, and the name Sarduri was written as "Ishtarduri" in Assyrian sources. The duri suffix would be a form of Armenian tur (տուր), meaning "given by," comparable to Greek dôron (δῶρον), meaning "gift."
The name Sarduri has also been connected to the Armenian name Zardur ("star-given").
- Urartian Material Culture As State Assemblage: An Anomaly in the Archaeology of Empire, Paul Zimansky, Page 103 of 103-115
- Boris Piotrovsky, The Ancient Civilization of Urartu (London: 1969)
- John Noonan, Van! at saudiaramcoworld.com
- Armen Petrosyan. "On the ethnic origin of the ruling elite of Urartu." Archaeopress Archaeology. 2019. p. 406.