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Maximus the Confessor and Georgia (Iberica Caucasica Volume Three)




Edited by Tamila Mgaloblishvili & Lela Khoperia

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The name of Maximus the Confessor is closely linked with Georgia: after the church father was exiled from Byzantium in 662 with two of his disciples, he spent his last days in Lazica, Western Georgia, and died there. Despite the abundant scholarly literature in Georgian about Maximus, international scholarly circles have been largely unaware of the Old Georgian translations of his works, made during the tenth-twelfth centuries, and local ethnographic and folklore materials. These form a rich source for the study of Maximus' literary heritage and life, particularly the final period of his life after his deportation, as well as shedding light on the links between between Georgia and Byzantium.

This volume gathers the results of decades of research, most of which appears for the first time in English translation. The articles concentrate on the Georgian sources that deal with Maximus' life and literary legacy, creating a collection that will be of value not only for those studying Maximus' life and works but also for those who are interested in Georgian culture and history in general. 10 colour illustrations, 18 B&W illustrations and maps.

– 288 pages, 138 x 216mm, with 10 colour illustrations, 18 B&W illustrations and maps

Published Bennett & Bloom, November 2009




1. Introduction: Georgia in the Times of St Maximus the Confessor – Tamila Mgaloblishvili

2. Maximus the Confessor: Life and Works in the Georgian Tradition – Lela Khoperia

3. Euthymius the Athonite's Translation of Maximus the Confessor's Quaestiones ad Thalassium – Ani Chantladze

4. Understanding Some Terms in Maximus the Confessor's Expositio Orationis Dominicae and Its Gelati Translation – Nino Sakvarelidze

5. Maximus the Confessor's Ambigua ad Iohannem within the Georgian Translation Tradition – Thamar Othkhmezouri

6. A Fragment of Maximus the Confessor's Quaestiones ad Thalassium in Old Georgian Manuscripts – Maia Rapava

7. The Principles of Term Formation of the Gelati Theological School and the Gelati Translator of the Works of Maximus the Confessor – Damana Melikishvili

8. The Georgian Version of the Scholia on Corpus Dionysiacum: Commentaries Known under the Name of 'Maximus' – Lela Aleksidze

9. The Interrelation of the Theological Concepts of Divine Love, Beauty and Contemplation in the Writings of Maximus the Confessor and Shota Rustaveli – Ketevan Bezarashvili

10. David Qipshidze and His Research on the Life and Works of Maximus the Confessor – Eter Kavtaradze

11. Maximus the Confessor in Georgian Legends from the Seventh and Eighth Centuries – Mikheil Chikovani

12. The Folklorization of Maximus the Confessor – Geoffrey Carr-Harris

13. Maximus the Confessor in Georgian Traditional Culture – Irakli Surguladze

14. St Maximus the Confessor as Monk and Hierarch: Some Remarks on His Georgian Iconography – Brigitta Schrade

Key Dates in the Life of Maximus the Confessor




Maps: Georgia in the Seventh Century, The Region of Lechkhumi Byzantium in the Seventh Century

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