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Prince Teimuraz of Georgia

Georgian prince

Died when: 64 years 185 days (774 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Prince Teimuraz of Georgia

Teimuraz Bagrationi (Georgian: თეიმურაზ ბაგრატიონი) otherwise known as Tsarevich Teimuraz Georgievich (Russian: царевич Теймураз Георгиевич) (April 23, 1782 – October 25, 1846) was a Georgian royal prince (batonishvili) and scholar primarily known as an author of the first critical history in Georgian as well as for his work to popularize interest in the history and culture of Georgia and preserve its treasures.

Prince Teimuraz was born in Tbilisi to Heir Apparent George, subsequently the last king of Georgia (Kingdom of Kartli and Kakheti) from 1798 to 1800, and his wife, Ketevan Andronikashvili.

He studied at the Telavi Seminary, and, at the age of 13, took part in the 1795 Battle of Krtsanisi at which his grandfather, King Heraclius II of Georgia, was defeated by a Persian invading army under Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar.

Teimuraz did not accept the Russian annexation of Georgia of 1801, which followed shortly after his father's death and fled to Persia, whence his uncle, Alexander fought to expel the Russians from Georgia.

During the Russo-Persian War (1804-1813), Teimuraz was a Persian artillery commander.On October 16, 1810, however, he surrendered to the Russian authorities.

On January 12, 1811, he settled in St Petersburg where he was granted a state salary and pension.In 1813, he acquired a mansion on Vasilievsky Island and concentrated on scholarly work.

He collected and researched old Georgian chronicles and analyzed Greco-Roman and Armenian sources on Georgia.He was a collaborator and friend of Marie Brosset, a French scholar, whom he frequently consulted on the history of Georgia.

At the same time, Prince Teiumraz befriended and tutored the young Georgian students in St Petersburg – Platon Ioseliani, and David Chubinashvili – both of whom eventually became prolific Georgian historians.

In the 1830s-1840s, he composed two major works on the early history of Georgia – "ისტორია დაწყებითგან ივერიისა, ესე იგი გიორგიისა, რომელ არს სრულიად საქართველოჲსა" (1832, History of Iberia or Georgia, that is All of Sakartvelo) and "ისტორია ძველი კოლხიდისა" (1840, History of Ancient Colchis) – and wrote commentaries to the 12th-century Georgian national epic "The Knight in the Panther's Skin" ("განმარტება პოემა ვეფხისტყაოსანისა", 1843).

His articles were published in the Paris-based Journal Asiatique and Memoires inedits.He was elected an honorary member of the French Societe Asiatique (1831), the Russian Imperial Academy of Sciences (1837) and the Danish Royal Antiquarian Society (1838).

Prince Teimuraz also authored several poems, and a memoir of his European travels as well as the Georgian translations of Tacitus, Voltaire, and Pushkin.

He died in Saint Petersburg and was buried there at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

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