IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 107: The Culture of Georgia

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Organiser:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Moderator/Chair:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Paper 107-aSaint Nino: A Female Apostle
(Language: English)
Ia Grigalashvili, Institute of History of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 107-bOtherness in Shota Rustaveli's The Man in the Panther Skin: Tariel and Tinatin
(Language: English)
Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Philosophy
Abstract

Grigalashvili gives an overview of the life of St. Nino, who in the 4th century converted the Georgian royal family, after which Georgia, too, was converted. Grigalashvili comments on the status of women in Georgia, as reported by medieval authors, and discusses the background of Georgia’s conversion. Beynen discusses first the image of Tinatin, who, in an unusual move, assigns Avtandil as the ‘Other’ to Tariel. Then he discusses the process whereby Avtandil as the Other changes Tariel’s character.