“The word ‘Aegean’ comes entirely from the Aka Turks,” said retired Lieutenant General Erdoğan Karakuş to CNN Türk.
In a discussion on the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean on a pro-government CNN Türk show, retired Lt. Col. Karakuş claimed that the names “Aegean” and “Agamemnon” are Turkish words, and not Greek.
Specifically, the officer is heard to say “I want to say a word on a subject. On the subject of the Aegean and the word Aegean. It comes from the Aka Turks. The arrival of the Dorians in that area. Those we call Greeks today are all Dorians. Before the Dorians, the Achaeans were there. The word Aegean comes entirely from the Aka Turks. That is why it is not right to say that it is a Greek word, it is not a Greek word.”
Karakuş went even further, saying that even the name of the mythical king Agamemnon of Mycenae has Turkish roots.
“As you know in the Trojan War the name of King Agamemnon comes from the words Aga and memnun, this Aga comes from the Aka Turks and has nothing to do with the Greeks.”
Gerçekten de CNN Türk'teki bir canlı yayında Yunan mitolojisinde Miken kralı olarak geçen Agamemnon'un isminin "Aga Memnun"dan geldiği ve bu ismin "Aka Türkleri"ne dayandığı öne sürülmüş.
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These statements may provoke – apart from laughter – and caustic comments from Turkish users on social media, but it is indicative of not only what a large part of Turkish society believes but also of how freely it can express it on one of the largest television stations of the country.
The true Turks, find their origins at the Altai Mountains, which today is the border region of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia’s Siberia.
The Aegean gets its name from Augeus, the father of Theseus who co-founded Athens city and defeated the Minotatur in Crete.
Meanwhile Agamemnon means “very steadfast” or “unbowed.”
The Turkish language would not enter this part of the world for at least another two thousand years, despite the ludicrous claims made by Karakuş.