IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 547: Mining Georgian Manuscripts and Chronicles

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi
Organiser:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Moderator/Chair:Irina Lobzhanidze, Linguistic Research Centre, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Paper 547-aTreasures from Oxford University's Online Wardrop Collection
(Language: English)
Irina Lobzhanidze, Linguistic Research Centre, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Irina Lobzhanidze, Linguistic Research Centre, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Irina Lobzhanidze, Linguistic Research Centre, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 547-bSubject Marking in Medieval Georgian: The Georgian Chronicles
(Language: English)
Svetlana Berikashvili, Fakultät für Philosophie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen / School of Arts & Sciences, Institute of Linguistic Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Svetlana Berikashvili, Fakultät für Philosophie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen / School of Arts & Sciences, Institute of Linguistic Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Svetlana Berikashvili, Fakultät für Philosophie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen / School of Arts & Sciences, Institute of Linguistic Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 547-cThe High Medieval Eristavi: Local Lord or Royal Representative?
(Language: English)
James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Other
Abstract

The papers in this session show various ways in which Georgian manuscript collections are used for scholarly purposes: Lobzhanidze surveys the Wardrop Collection at Oxford University’s Bodleian library and highlights the many rare and unpublished materials that are of interest for scholars worldwide. Berikashvili analyzes the Georgian Chronicles, a collection of Georgian manuscripts, to reveal how grammatical subjects were differentiated in medieval Georgian in comparison with modern Georgian. Baillie uses a digital humanities approach in combination with more traditional source readings of the Georgian Chronicles to decide how best to characterise Georgia’s provincial officials: as lords with their own power bases or as court appointees. He thereby contributes to a wider picture of the socio-political history of high medieval Georgia. Elbakidze argues that Rustaveli created a new and very specific understanding of love or mijnuroba, which bears a clear imprint of Persian love poetry and epic, but received in his poem an absolutely new interpretation.