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Manichaeism In Late Antique Georgia?

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The historiographical literature produced by the Armenians and the Kartveliansthe indigenous inhabitants of Kartli in eastern Georgiais a brilliant witness to their association with the Iranian Commonwealth. This chapter introduces Ceretelis research to a wider scholarly community. In a broader sense, it seeks to encourage the integration of Georgian and Western scholarship devoted to Manichaeism, early Christianity, and Caucasian history. The chapter attempts to coax some conclusions from the sources pertaining to Manichaean influences in eastern Georgia. In late antiquity, the Iranian and emergent Byzantine Commonwealths vied for supremacy over the strategic region. Manichaean influences and contributions endured well after Mirians baptism: Manichaean ideas circulated in eastern Georgia as late as the sixth century, a time witnessing a mild resurgence of Manichaeism in the eastern part of the Iranian Commonwealth as it declined in the Mediterranean world.

Keywords: Byzantine Commonwealths; late antique Georgia; Manichaeism



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