Dassow (2008) on the supposed Mittani Indo-Aryan aristocracy

From: mkelkar2003
Message: 57829
Date: 2008-04-22

See Dassow 2008 Mittani Indo-Aryans.pdf in the files section.

"In sum, though the term maryanni is of Indo-Aryan origin, the
maryanni class was not. Neither the membership of the maryanni class
nor its most characteristic features, namely, nobility and association
with chariotry, were Indo-Aryan. The caste of noble Indo-Aryans
warriors who supposedly mastered the Orient from their horse drawn
chariots, founded Mittani, and ushered in the Late Bronze Age is a
product of modern imagination (Dassow 2008, p. 90)"
Dassow, E. V. (2008). State and society in the late bronze age:
alalah under the mittani empire. Bethesda, MD: CDL Press. ISBN

M. Kelkar