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Title Rewriting Caucasian history : the medieval Armenian adaptation of the Georgian Chronicles : the original Georgian texts and the Armenian adaptation / translated with introduction and commentary by Robert W. Thomson.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  947.95 REWR    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Kʻartʻlis cʻxovreba. Polyglot.
Physical description li, 408 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series Oxford oriental monographs ; [new ser., 3]
Oxford Oriental monographs ; new ser., 3.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-391) and indexes.
Contents Maps: 1. Caucasian according to the Georgian Chronicles -- Maps: 2. Sak'art'velo according to the Georgian Chronicles -- The Georgian Chronicles. I. Leonti Mroveli, History of the Kings of K'art'li. II. Leonti Mroveli, Conversion of K'art'li by Nino. III. Juanser, History of King Vaxt'ang Gorgasali. IV. Leonti Mroveli, Martyrdom of Arc'il, King of K'art'li. V. The Book of K'art'li. VI. History of David, King of Kings -- Appendix: Later Additions to the Georgian Text -- List of Rulers -- Index of Scriptural Quotations and Allusions.
Summary After the invention of a national script c. AD 400, Armenians rapidly developed their own literary forms, drawing on foreign texts as well as their own traditions. Historical writing is the most original genre in classical and medieval Armenian literature. The collection known as the Georgian Chronicles ('Life of Georgia' in Georgian) was finally codified in the eighteenth century. It includes the most famous of the chronicles, though these form only a small part of Georgian historical writing. The thirteenth-century Armenian version is in fact the earliest attestation of this growing corpus of texts, pre-dating all extant Georgian manuscripts of it. This book presents the two texts, Georgian and Armenian, in English translation for the first time. The Introduction and Commentary draw attention to the ways in which the unknown Armenian translator changed his original material in a pro-Armenian fashion. His rendering became the standard source for early Georgian history used by later Armenian historians. The book includes a useful overview of the background to the chronicles, the history and culture of christian Georgia and Armenia, and their respective literatures.
Other author Thomson, Robert W., 1934-2018.
Subject Georgia (Republic) -- History -- To 1801.
Georgia (Republic) -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
ISBN 0198263732