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Medieval Law In Transcaucasia-On The Periphery Of European Legal History

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This chapter offers a general overview of the most important material available and to indicate, however briefly and provisionally, the place of medieval Armenian and Georgian law in the context of European legal history. Among West-European scholars, Joseph Karst has made the most important contribution to the literature on the subject of Transcaucasian legal history. The Armenians, speaking a language which is counted among the Indo- European languages, arrived in early historical times in the area which has been considered their homeland ever since. The general parameters of Georgian history are similar to those of Armenia in that the country's fate through the ages was determined predominantly by developments in the states of its more powerful neighbours. The learned priest (vardapet) Mkhitar Gosh (d. 1213) was active in Greater Armenia during the second half of the 12th century.

Keywords: Armenia; European legal history; Georgia; Mkhitar Gosh; Transcaucasia



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