Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Criticism and Journalism of the Period of Socialist Realism

History of the Study of Ancient Georgian Panegyric Poems in Georgian Soviet Literary Studies

Tamar Lomidze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Chakhrukhauli,
  • Neoplatonism,
  • „Tamariani“,
  • „Abdulmesiani “


In Georgian Soviet literary criticism, various hypotheses were expressed about the authors of the ancient Georgian panegyric poems “Tamariani” (author – Chakhrukhadze) and “Abdulmesiani” (author – Ioan Shavteli) and the dates of their writing, as well as about the artistic and formal features of these poems. In particular, some critics considered the frequent use of homonymous rhymes in these poems to be a defect that obscures the meaning of the works. Other Soviet Georgian scientists held the opposite opinion. We considered it necessary to substantiate the hypothesis that the specific poetic structure of these poems was conditioned by the influence of Neoplatonic philosophy. A basis arose for the synthesis of philosophy and poetry, carried out in the poetry of ancient Georgian poets – Chakhrukhadze and Shavteli.