The Knight in the Panther’s Skin – A Masterpiece in World Literature


Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature
BISAC: POE005030

12th century Georgian poet and thinker Shota Rustaveli, author of the Georgian national epic poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, is considered by different literary critics and scholars throughout the world as one of the most significant poets in the history of medieval literature.

Literary academia abides with various interpretations and readings of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, revealing the complex and unorthodox nature of Rustaveli’s epic poem which often brings Greek thought to the reader’s mind (for instance, the works of Homer, Plato and Aristotle). Some scholars argue that, to a certain extent, Rustaveli anticipates European Renaissance. Georgia, the homeland of Rustaveli, being located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has historically been “the melting pot” of Eastern and Western cultures.
On one hand, “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” is replete with Eastern “ornaments”, while on the other hand, the poem is famous for its Western thought.

This year, Georgia will celebrate 850th birthday of Shota Rustaveli and in this respect UNESCO has announced 2016 as Shota Rustaveli year. The publishing of this book is an important part of the celebrations. The book will be designated for scientific academia and literary experts as well as the wider audience of readers.

The aim of this book is to study the history of Rustvelologian thought development in the context of world literature, as the name of Rustaveli and the importance of his poem transcend the borders of the fields of Georgianology. At the same time, the study of Rustaveli and its impact on 19th and 20th Georgian literature, the investigation of which had been fragmentary up to date, is of no less importance. The topicality of the book lies in the fact that the poem of Shota Rustaveli and his ideals are eternal. Rustaveli’s poem is important not only for scholars, but for everybody who shares Rustaveli’s humanistic ideas and tries to bring up the new generation according to these principles. This is evidence that “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” will always be of contemporary relevance. As for scholarly research, Rustaveli has always attracted attention.
The novelty of this book is found in the designation of stages in Rustvelology and representation of Rustvelologian thought in synchronic and diachronic aspects according to methodological principles, the purpose of which is to evaluate the preceding researches and setting perspectives for future studies concerning Rustaveli. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. “The Man in the Panther Skin”: Cultural bridge from East to West and from Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Elguja Khintibidze

Chapter 2. Praise of the Universe Integrity and Beauty
Griver Parulava

Chapter 3. Shota Rustaveli’s Vepxi: Tiger, Leopard or Panther?
Luigi Magarotto

Chapter 4. Dawn of Renaissance
Tamaz Tchiladze

Chapter 5. Culture of Rustaveli Era
Roin Metreveli

Chapter 6. The Place of Rustaveli’s “The Man in the Panther Skin” in Courtly Literature
G. Koolemans Beynen

Chapter 7. Christian Fundamentals of the Renaissance Anthropocentricism: Rustaveli and Pico della Mirandola
Mariam Karbelashvili

Chapter 8. From Anti-fiction towards the Fiction: Literary Canon of Georgian Medieval Writing and “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”
Irma Ratiani

Chapter 9. Shota Rustaveli’s “Knight in Panther’s Skin” – A Renaissance-esque Polyphony
Levan Gigineishvili

Chapter 10. The Knight in the Panther’s Skin and European Chivalry Romance
Maka Elbakidze

Chapter 11. “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” Religious-Philosophical Preconditions and Environment
Mikheil Makharadze

Chapter 12. Knightly Values and Personal Relationships in Shota Rustaveli and Chrétien de Troyes
Sally Newell

Chapter 13. Classical Tradition in Rustaveli’s Vepkhistkaosani – The Man in the Panther Skin
Zaza Khintibidze

Chapter 14. Georgian Hymnography
Nestan Sulava

Chapter 15. Parallels between the Prologue and Avthandil’s Testament Philosophical Terms
Tinatin Biganishvili

Chapter 16. Issue of Tolerance in “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”
Lia Karitchashvili

Chapter 17. On the Ideological Essence of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”
Rima Pirtskhalaishvili

Chapter 18. “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” and the Western Renaissance
Ekaterine Gogiashvili

Chapter 19. “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” Geography Medieval Symbolics
Lia Tsereteli

Chapter 20. Art and Architecture in Rustaveli Era
Mariam Didebulidze

Chapter 21. History of Shalva Nutsubidze’s Poetic Translation of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”
Nana Gonjilashvili

Chapter 22. The Main Dramaturgical Lines in “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”
Nodar Natadze and Amiran Dolidze


The book is written for literary scholars as well as wide range of readers interested in medieval poetry.

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