The Georgian Chronicle was originally composed in Georgian by several authors between the 6th and 13th centuries. Sometime in the late 12th or early 13th centuries, an unknown cleric translated the Chronicle into Classical Armenian. This medieval Armenian rendering is the one that is translated here. The Georgian Chronicle describes the history of Iberia/Georgia, Armenia's northern neighbor, from legendary times to the 12th century. It is a rich source of unique information on topics such as Caucasian ethnography, Armeno-Georgian relations, the history of Iran, the history of the Jewish community of Georgia and its role in the Christianization of the country, the birth of Islam, and the coming of the Seljuks.
Translated by Robert Bedrosian.
Length: 218 pages
Format: Hardcover and Paperback
Publication Date: October 3, 2023
ISBN-13: 978-1-923051-08-9 (Hardcover) and 978-1-923051-04-1 (Paperback)
The books in the medieval Armenian literature set address important episodes in Armenian and Near East history, including the Mongol and Seljuk invasions, the fall of Ani, the Battle of Manzikert, the Crusades, etc. The books also contain a welter of information about Armenian anthropology and folklore, and are invaluable learning tools for students of Classical Armenian (Grabar).
The editions of this set are translated by the renowned Armenologist Robert Bedrosian, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979, specializing in ancient and medieval Armenian history, and went on to have a decades-long successful career in computer programming. These books respect Armenia’s great literary and cultural legacy, as well as Robert’s lifetime contributions to Armenian history, literature and culture.