What is merv?

Merv

Merv (Persian: مرو, Marv), formerly Achaemenid Satrapy of Margiana, and later Alexandria and Antiochia in Margiana (Greek: Αντιόχεια της Μαργιανής), was a major oasis-city in Central Asia, on the historical Silk Road, located near today's Mary in Turkmenistan. Several cities have existed on this site, which is significant for the interchange of culture and politics at a site of major strategic value. It is claimed that Merv was briefly the largest city in the world in the 12th century. The site of ancient Merv has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. (See List of World Heritage Sites in Turkmenistan)

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History Of Turkmenistan - Seljuks
... brother of Toghrul, Daud, took possession of Merv and Herat ... was succeeded by his nephew Alp Arslan (the Great Lion), who was buried at Merv ... It was about this time that Merv reached the zenith of her glory ...
Beluch
... They immigrated into the Merv and the Murghab River inland delta from the areas west and north of Herat, Afghanistan and Iran in the mid 19th century ... they are the only Iranic peoples remaining in the Merv Oasia, after the ancient Persian population of the area was deported on mass to Bukhara and Samarkand ... In 1926 the Baluch of Merv Oasis numbered 9,974 ...
Merv (disambiguation) - MERV
... For the filtration standard referred to as MERV, see Minimum efficiency reporting value. ...
Mangamahu - 1901, Merv Addenbrooke
... Merv Addenbrooke was born at Mangamahu in 1901 ... Merv's 1991 autobiography Home from the Hill (in NZ public libraries and also online) has detailed anecdotes about his childhood and farm-working days in Mangamahu between 1905 to ... In 1930 Merv married and moved to a dairy farm at Putaruru ...