The Kartvelologist

The Kartvelologist” is a bilingual (Georgian and English) peer-reviewed, academic journal, covering all spheres of Kartvelological scholarship. Along with introducing scholarly novelties in Georgian Studies, it aims at popularization of essays of Georgian researchers on the international level and diffusion of foreign Kartvelological scholarship in Georgian scholarly circles.

“The Kartvelologist” issues both in printed and electronic form. In 1993-2009 it came out only in printed form (#1-15). The publisher is the “Centre for Kartvelian Studies” (TSU), financially supported by the “Fund of the Kartvelological School”. In 2011-2013 the journal is financed by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.

The Oldest Colchian Gold - Cultural background and International Context


The earliest golden items appeared on the territory of eastern Georgia during the 3rd millennium BC, in the so-called Early Barrows Culture; they continued until the Middle Bronze Age (mid-2nd millennium BC). After the Trialeti Great Barrows Culture period, almost no golden and silver items were found on the sites dating from the second half of the 2nd millennium to the beginning of the 1st millennium BC. Objects dating after this gap, during the 8th-6th centuries BC, have been discovered in various types of archaeological sites of Colchis.

Tour paper aims to show the local and international cultural background based on which pre-classical Colchian goldsmithery was formed out.


keywords:Colchis, Trialeti Great Barrows Culture, Colchian GoldEarly Barrows Culture, Category: SCHOLARLY STUDIES Authors: Nino Kobalia
Great nеws about the translation work of Euthymius the Athonite


This paper considers an article by the Danish Byzantinist Christian Høgel, “Euthymios the Athonite Greek-Georgian and Georgian-Greek translator and metaphrast?” The article reveals an essential innovation in Georgian studies: the discovery of the artistic style of Euthymius the Athonite as a Byzantine hagiographic writer; and an indication of his merits as an organizer of Byzantine church literature. The author of the paper Prof. Khintibidze puts forward new views on some problems of Barlaam-romance: Colophon of Iovane the Athonite; the date and reason for the creation of Barlaam-romance; on the identity of John (Ioane) - a monk of the monastery of St. Saba.


keywords:Euthymios the Athonite; Colophon of Iovane the Athonite; John (Ioane) of the lemma of Barlaam-romance; Christian Høgel Category: SCHOLARLY STUDIES Authors: ELGUJA KHINTIBIDZE
For the Issue of the Sources of The Story of Barlaam and Ioasaph


The issue of the authorship of the Greek text of The Story of Barlaam and Ioasaph has been a subject of great interest of medieval Studies scholars for many dec­ades. The present article considers the sources used in the "Story of Barlaam and Ioasaph", on one hand and the author’s specificity while using these sources, on the other.

keywords:“Barlaam and Ioasaph”; authorship; Euthymius the Athonite; Sources Category: SCHOLARLY STUDIES Authors: Irma Makaradze