Georgian Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Church of Georgia traces its foundation to the time of Constantine the Great, and is thus one of the most ancient national Churches in the world. It has a distinguished record of devotional and philoshophical achievement, and of steadfastness in the face of persecution on the part of such overlords as Mazdeism Iran, the Mongols, and Bolshevik Russia.
The lives of the Georgian Saints are rich and many-sided.Their biographies relate the conversion of Georgia by St. Nino (Nina); the Passions of St.Susanna (Shushanik) and of the Nine Infants of Kola; the career of that astonishing "heretic" Peter the Iberian, bishop of Mayuma, near Gaza; the foundation of monastic life in Georgia as exemplified in the life of St. David of Garesja (Garejeli); the martyrdom of St. Eustace, the cobbler, and St. Abo, the perfumer from Baghdad; and the establishment of the Iverion Monastery on Mount Athos.
These lives are no dry chronicles of monkish trivialities. They contain vivid descriptions of life in the Caucasus, in Byzantium and in Palestine. They give us insight into the history and aspirations of an important branch of the Eastern Church, and into its relationships with Zoroastrian Persia, the Arab Caliphate, the Imperial Court of Constantinople and whole world of mediaeval Christendom.
With the exception of the life of St. Nino, none of the biographies of the Georgian Saints has previously been translated into English. Apart from Themselves in the pithy idiom charachteristic of early Georgian prose writing.
The book "LIVES AND LEGENDS OF THE GEORGIAN SAINTS" Selected and Translated from the original texts by DAVID MARSHALL LANG (M.A.,Ph.D. Professor of Caucasian Studies University of London).
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