Georgia in Antiquity: A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia, 550 BC-AD 562

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid Braund

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This is the first full history of the ancient Georgia ever to be written outside Georgia itself. It is also an introduction to the substantial archaeological work that has been carried out in Georgia in recent decades. The principal purpose of this book is to open up ancient Georgia for theworld of scholarship at large. It is not only the history of a neglected region, but also a sustained attempt to inform topics and issues that are more familiar to the historians of antiquity: myths of the periphery, Caucasian mountains and their passes, Greek colonization, the Persian, Athenian,and Selecuid empires, Pompey's conquest of Mithridates' empire, the development of the Roman frontier in the eastern Black Sea region, Roman diplomancy in Iberia, the Christianization of Iberia, Sassanian ambitions in Transcaucasia and Byzantine warfare there. The author has lived in Georgia for substantial periods during the last decade: he has made extensive use of scholarship in Georgian and Russian, and has first-hand knowledge of most of the sites which he discusses.

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This is the first full history of the ancient Georgia ever to be written outside Georgia itself. It is also an introduction to the substantial archaeological work that has been carried out in Georgia in recent decades. The principal purpose of this book is to open up ancient Georgia for theworld of scholarship at large. It is not on...

David Braund is at Exeter University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:378 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198144733

ISBN - 13:9780198144731

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`remarkable that it should have been written by a British scholar, who has an excellent knowledge of the Russian and Georgian languages - an exceptionally rare combination amongst academics outside Georgia itself ... The book is a beginning for th study of ancient Georgia in modern Englishlanguage historiography.'Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Royal Holloway, University of London, The Classical Review, XLV, 2, '95