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‘A poem on the life of King Šahnavaz’

P‘ešangi P‘ašvibertqaże, P‘ešangi Pashvibertqaże

Date: 1664-5

Original Language: Georgian


Šahnavaziani is the earliest surviving example of a documentary poem in Georgian literature. There is only one extant manuscript, and this has several pages missing, including the last part of the epilogue. The poem comprises a prologue, a main section and an epilogue, in 60 chapters and 1151 stanzas of 16-syllable lines.

Šahnavaziani  describes a seven…

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Baindurashvili, Khatuna, “ Šahnavaziani”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>

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