Corpus scriptorum christianorum orientalium: Subsidia

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Peeters Publishers, 2003 - History - 522 pages
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Original literature first appeared among the indigenous population of Caucasia in the fifth century AD as a consequence of its Christianization. Though a number of Armenian histories were composed at this time, several centuries elapsed before the Georgians created their own. But how many centuries? Through a meticulous investigation of internal textual criteria, Studies in Medieval Georgian Historiography challenges the traditional eleventh-century dating of the oldest Georgian narrative histories and probes their interrelationships. Illuminating Caucasia's status as a cultural crossroads, it reveals the myriad Eurasian influences - written and oral, Christian and non-Christian - on these "pre-Bagratid" histories produced between the seventh and the ninth century. Eastern Georgia's place in the Eurasian world and its long-standing connection to the Iranian Commonwealth are specially highlighted. This volume also examines several related historical and historiographical problems of the early Bagratid period and supplies critical translations of six early Georgian histories previously unavailable in English. Dr. Stephen H. Rapp, Jr. is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University, Atlanta (USA), and is the Founding Director of its Program in World History and Cultures.
  

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Contents

Introduction
6
Transliteration Tables
45
Cxorebay kartvelta mepeta
101
Evolution of a Caucasian Origin
169
Cxorebay
197
The Primary History
245
Royal Lists II and
299
A Bagratid Perspective on Geor
337
Chapter? Sakartvelo
413
Conclusions
441
Reception Mxitar Ayrivaneci
449
The Date and Author of The Martyrdom of Archil
469
The Divan of the Apxazian Kings
481
Index
491
Table of contents
519
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