Historical Research in the Republic of Georgia: The Importance of Numismatics in the Study of the Georgian Past.


April 8, 2015  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 8, 201512:30-2:00 PM. Industrial Technology Building, Rm 201 at SDSU.

Dr. Leri Tavadze (Assistant Professor at Tbilisi State University and Visiting Professor at SDSU for the SDSU-Georgia program) will present “Historical Research in the Republic of Georgia: The Importance of Numismatics in the Study of the Georgian Past.”

Historical research has a long-lasting tradition in the Republic of Georgia. Written foreign sources about Georgia date back to the 13th century B.C., while the earliest surviving Georgian records date to the 5th century A.D. The medieval period was rich with historical narrative, but the modern school of historiography with its new approaches and methodology appeared only in the 19th century. Among the first prominent historians to deal with the subject was Ivane Javakhishvili, founder of Tbilisi State University.  The development of the study of Georgian numismatics as an auxiliary science for recovering the Georgian past is closely connected with this school. Prof. Tavadze will discuss the importance of numismatics for understanding the Georgian past and will share his work on a valuable resource, the Online English-Georgian Catalogue of Georgian Numismatics, which is available online @ <http://geonumismatics.tsu.ge/en/>.  This event is co-sponsored by the SDSU History Department and the San Diego chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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