The 2014 disturbances in the Ukraine occasioned renewed discussion of the 2008 Russo- Georgian War. As the situation continued to worsen in eastern Ukraine, US President Obama announced on a visit to Poland at the start of June that the US and NATO would strengthen ties even with the non-NATO-member-states of the Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. This last has aspirations of membership, even though it does not control the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which most of the world nevertheless regards as integral parts of Georgia. As long as the Georgian-Abkhazian dispute remains unresolved, there will be problems regarding inter-state relations with/for western Transcaucasia. And there can be no resolution of the Abkhazian issue without a proper understanding of Abkhazia’s history (both ancient and more recent); it was to try to ensure that the debate is not based on misconceptions, unsubstantiated assertions or even plain errors that this article was written. It is grounded on a consideration of a range of materials (from Agathias’ Greek text through relevant discussions in Georgian, Russian and English). The toppling of Abkhazia’s democratically elected president (Aleksandr Ankvab) at the end of May 2014 makes the question of Abkhazia even more topical.
[English version] (georg. “Wolfshaupt”). König des kaukasischen Iberien (Iberia ), 2. H. 5./Anf. 6. Jh. n. Chr., dessen im 11. Jh. niedergeschriebene Vita (Kartlis Cxovreba, 139-244) [1; 2] ihn als Vorkämpfer für nationale Identität und Christentum zeichnet. 1 R. Thomson, Rewriting Caucasian
. Überl., was Martin-Hisard  ablehnt. 1 C. Toumanoff, Studies in Christian CaucasianHistory, 1963, 362-378 2 B. Martin-Hisard, Le roi Vaxtang Gorgasal, in: Temps, mémoire, tradition au Moyen Âge: Ai...
. Thomson, Rewriting CaucasianHistory, 1996, 153-251 (Eng. transl.) 2 G. Pätsch, Das Leben Kartlis. Eine Chronik aus Georgien, 300-1200, 1985 (Ger. transl.). B. Martin-Hisard, Le roi V. G., in: Temps, mémoire, tradi...
of Georgian and Armenian tradition although this is rejected by Martin-Hisard . 1 C. Toumanoff, Studies in Christian CaucasianHistory, 1963, 362-378 2 B. Martin-Hisard, Le roi Vaxtang Gorgasal, in:...
History of Sharvan and Darband in the 10th-11th centuries, 1 vol. in-8°, 187 p. et 32 p. (texte arabe), Cambridge (Heffer and Sons), 1958. Dans ses Studies in CaucasianHistory (1952), M. V. Minorsky avait d6ja partiellement publi6 et utilisé le (;dmil al-duwal de l'historien MtNE66im BÃŠI dont le r6sum6
, პოლიტიკური და კულტურული იდენტობანი, pp. 136-143. 30 Rewriting CaucasianHistory. The Medieval Armenian Adaptation of the Georgian Chronicles . The Original Georgian Texts and the Armenian Adaptation translated with introd. and comm. by R.W. Thomson, Oxford, 1996, p. 2. 31 Moses Khorenatsi, History
CaucasianHistory published almost fifty years ago. Until now, no work has been dedicated especially to the coinage of these minor rulers, and extant material is scattered in a variety of publications. The Shadd dids were one of several dynasties that manifested dur- ing the so-called Iranian intermezzo
Georgians in the fifteenth century (see The Book of Dede Korkut , tr. Geoffrey Lewis (Har- mondsworth, 1974): 10-12, 18-19). 8 R. W. Thomson, Rewriting CaucasianHistory: the Medieval Armenian Adaptation of the Georgian Chronicles. The Original Georgian Texts and the Armenian Adaptation (Oxford, 1996): 310
. BLACHÈRE BULLETIN CRITIQUE V. MINORSKY, A History of Sharvan and Darband in the 10th-11th centuries, 1 vol. in-8°, 187 p. et 32 p. (texte arabe), Cambridge (Heffer and Sons), 1958. Dans ses Studies in CaucasianHistory (1952), M. V. Minorsky avait d6ja partiellement publi6 et utilisé le (;dmil al-duwal de