IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1504: Medieval Georgian Culture

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Moderator/Chair:Elguja Khintibidze, Institute of the History of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Paper 1504-aReligious Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Georgian Literature in English
(Language: English)
Donald Rayfield, Department of Russian, Queen Mary University, London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Religious Life
Paper 1504-bRevival of the Oriental Plot in English Dramaturgy: The Trace of The Man in the Panther Skin in 17th-Century England
(Language: English)
Irma Makaradze, Institute of History of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 1504-cThe Ecclesiastical Reform of Vakhtang I Gorgasali, c. 440-502: King of Kartli
(Language: English)
Gaga Shurgaia, Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Abstract

Rayfield discusses tolerance in Rustaveli’s The Man in a Panther Skin, the Georgian version of Vis i Ramin, the texts of the Ruisi-Urbnisi Synod, the laws of the Bishop of Samtavisi, and Bagrat Mukhran-Batoni’s Ungodly Faith of the Ishmaelites. Shurgaia discusses Vakhtang Gorgasali’s reform which introduced the katholikosate: clarifies its reasons, establishes the date of its implementation, and its significance for the reorganization of the Church of Kartli. Makaradze proposes Georgian sources for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. This may be connected to Anthony Shirley’s visit at the Persian Court, where he may have heard about The Man in the Panther Skin.