19 October 2016 5.30pm — 6.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)
Dr Nikoloz Aleksidze, History Faculty, Oxford
The Wardrop Collection of Georgian books and manuscripts in the Bodleian Library is a unique witness to nearly one thousand years of the life of the Georgian nation. In 2014 UNESCO added the two Wardrop manuscripts of The Man in the Panther's Skin into the UK's Memory of the World Register, which makes Shota Rustaveli's epic the third Bodleian treasure to be added to the Register.
But what makes this twelfth-century Georgian poem an integral part of world heritage? The lecture will take a closer look at the two seventeenth century manuscripts in the Wardrop Collection and the adventure of Rustaveli's epic tale from its composition in the twelfth century until the present day by way of quotations scribbled on medieval cave monasteries, Joseph Stalin's intervention in the text and folk adaptations in the remote Caucasus.
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