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Encyclopedia > Ashot I Kuropalates

Ashot I Kuropalates (end of the 8th cent. - 830), presiding prince of Iberia for the Caliph and the Byzantine Emperor. In traditional Georgian history writing, based on the works of Prince Vakhushti Bagrationi and Marie-Félicité Brosset, Ashot I Kuropalates, also known as Ashot the Great, is regarded as the founder of the Georgian Bagrationi dynasty. His reign is assumed to have begun in 786 or even in 780; Ashot would thus have been the direct successor of St Archil, the last member of the old royal house of the Iberian Chosroids. However, the real date of Ashot's accession must have been later, since the last acquisitions of lands by his father Adarnase which are mentioned in the sources could only have taken place after the death of Archil. Events Christian missionary Ansgar visits Birka, trade city of the Swedes. ... Ancient countries of Caucasus: Armenia, Iberia, Colchis and Albania Iberia was a name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli (4th century BC-5th century AD) corresponding roughly to the eastern and southern parts of the present day Georgia. ... For main article see: Caliphate Khalif is the head of state in a Caliphate, and the title for the leader of the Islamic Ummah, or global Islamic nation. ... Byzantine Empire at its greatest extent c. ... This is a list of the Emperors of the late Eastern Roman Empire, called Byzantine by modern historians. ... Vakhushti Bagrationi (1696-1757) was a great Georgian historian and geographer, as well as one of the founders of the Moscow State University. ... Marie-Félicité Brosset Professor Marie-Félicité Brosset (January 24, 1802 – September 22, 1880) was a French orientalist who specialized in Georgian and Armenian studies. ... The Bagratuni or Bagrationi or Bagratid royal dynasty (Armenian: Բագրատունյաց Ô±Ö€Ö„Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ¯Õ¡Õ¶ Տոհմ or Bagratunyac Arqayakan Tohm, Georgian: ბაგრატიონთა სამეფო დინასტია or Bagrationta Samepo Dinastia) is a royal family whose ascendancy in Transcaucasia lasted for more than a millenium, since the 8th century until the early 19th century. ... Events September 14 - Harun al-Rashid becomes the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi, and appoints Salim Yunisi as the Abbasid governor of Sindh and the Indus Valley A council is organized in Constantinople, but disturbed by soldiers Beatus of Liébana, Spanish monk, publishes his... Events Constantine VI becomes Byzantine Emperor with Irene as guardian. ... This is a list of Georgian kings Parnavaz I of Iberia (284BC - 219BC) Mirian II Vakhtang Gorgasali David the Builder (1073-1125) Tamar (1184-1213) Giorgi the Brilliant Erekle II Categories: Stub | Monarchs ...


The claim put forward in traditional Georgian genealogy, that Ashot I was a descendant of the 6th-century prince Guaram I (c.570-c.595), the alleged first Bagratid ruler of Iberia, cannot be sustained since Ashot’s father Adarnase was the grandson of Ashot III Bagratuni (732-748), presiding prince of Armenia for the Caliph. This limestone statue of a Boddhisattva was probably created in the Henan province of China around 570, in the Northern Qi Dynasty. ... Events The first mention of the state of Karantania on monuments. ... The Bagrationi royal dynasty (Georgian: ბაგრატიონთა სამეფო დინასტია or Bagrationta Samepo Dinastia) is a royal family whose ascendancy in Georgia lasted for more than a millennium, from the early 6th century until the early 19th century. ... Ancient countries of Caucasus: Armenia, Iberia, Colchis and Albania Iberia was a name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli (4th century BC-5th century AD) corresponding roughly to the eastern and southern parts of the present day Georgia. ... Events October 10 - Battle of Tours: Near Poitiers, France, leader of the Franks Charles Martel and his men, defeat a large army of Moors, stopping the Muslims from spreading into Western Europe. ... Events January - An earthquake strikes the Middle East from northern Egypt to northwestern Mesopotamia, destroying many remnants of Byzantine culture. ... For main article see: Caliphate Khalif is the head of state in a Caliphate, and the title for the leader of the Islamic Ummah, or global Islamic nation. ...


Ashot I initially presided as an erismtavari in the area around Tbilisi and ruled over a territory that comprised most of the lands from Kvemo Kartli (“Lower Kartli”) in the south to Shida Kartli (“Inner Kartli”) in the north. Waging an incessant war against the Arabs, he at first succeeded in driving them from his dominions, but the Arabs soon took revenge, forcing him to flee from central Kartli to his south-western possessions in Tao-Klarjeti. Recognised as the presiding prince of Iberia and bestowed with the highest Byzantine court title of a kuropalates, he established himself in the deserted province of Klarjeti, where he restored the castle of Artanuji (now Ardanuç, northeast Turkey) said to have been built by the Iberian king Vakhtang I Gorgasal in the 5th century. To revive the country devastated by the Arabs and cholera epidemics, he patronized the local monastic community established by Grigol Khandzteli, and encouraged the settlement of the Georgians in the region. As a result, the political and religious centres of Iberia/Georgia were effectively transferred from central Kartli to the south-western provinces of Tao-Klarjeti. Location of Tbilisi in Georgia Coordinates: , Country Georgia Established IV-III Millennium BC Government  - Mayor Giorgi (Gigi) Ugulava Area  - City 726 km²  (280. ... Kvemo Kartli (i. ... Shida Kartli is a region of Eastern Georgia. ... The Arabs (Arabic: عرب ) are an ethnic group found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ... Kartli is the largest and most populated province of Eastern Georgia. ... Tao-Klarjeti is the term conventionally used in modern history writing to describe the historic south-western Georgian principalities, now forming part of north-eastern Turkey and divided among the provinces of Erzurum, Artvin, Ardahan and Kars. ... Ancient countries of Caucasus: Armenia, Iberia, Colchis and Albania Iberia was a name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli (4th century BC-5th century AD) corresponding roughly to the eastern and southern parts of the present day Georgia. ... Byzantine Empire at its greatest extent c. ... In Georgian history, Tao-Klarjeti is the term conventionally used to describe the area in what is now the northeastern Turkey (particularly its Artvin province), which includes the historic Georgian provinces of Tao, Klarjeti, Shavsheti (Å avÅ¡at), Kola (Kogh), Artaani (Artahan), Erusheti and also several lesser Georgian-Armenian marchlands. ... Ardanuç is a district of Artvin Province of Turkey. ... Ardanuç is a district of Artvin Province of Turkey. ... Ancient countries of Caucasus: Armenia, Iberia, Colchis and Albania Iberia was a name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli (4th century BC-5th century AD) corresponding roughly to the eastern and southern parts of the present day Georgia. ... Saint King Vakhtang I Gorgasali (440 – 502) was the Georgian king (mepe) of Kartli (Iberia) in 452–502 who led a lengthy anti-Persian liberation war and founded Tbilisi, Georgia’s modern capital city. ... Europe in 450 The 5th century is the period from 401 to 500 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian Era. ... Gregory of Khandzta (Georgian: გრიგოლ ხანძთელი, Grigol Khandzteli) (759-5 October 861) was a prominent Georgian ecclesiastic figure and a founder and leader of numerous monastic communities in Tao-Klarjeti, historic southwest Georgia. ... Ancient countries of Caucasus: Armenia, Iberia, Colchis and Albania Iberia was a name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli (4th century BC-5th century AD) corresponding roughly to the eastern and southern parts of the present day Georgia. ... Kartli is the largest and most populated province of Eastern Georgia. ... Tao-Klarjeti is the term conventionally used in modern history writing to describe the historic south-western Georgian principalities, now forming part of north-eastern Turkey and divided among the provinces of Erzurum, Artvin, Ardahan and Kars. ...


From his base in Klarjeti, Ashot fought hard to recover more Georgian lands from the Arab occupation and, though not always successful, succeeded in taking much of the adjoining lands from Tao in the southwest to Shida Kartli in the northeast. Towards the late 810s, he allied with Theodosius II of Abkhazia (810/811-836/837) in order to stop the advancing Kakhetian prince/chorepiscopus Grigol who had occupied part of Ashot’s territories in Shida Kartli. Even though Grigol was aided by both the Arab emir of Tbilisi, and the Caucasian mountain tribes of the Mtiulians and the Tsanars, he was defeated by Ashot in the battle on the Ksani river, and the outcome of the battle was that Ashot could restore his authority in the region. In Georgian history, Tao-Klarjeti is the term conventionally used to describe the area in what is now the northeastern Turkey (particularly its Artvin province), which includes the historic Georgian provinces of Tao, Klarjeti, Shavsheti (Å avÅ¡at), Kola (Kogh), Artaani (Artahan), Erusheti and also several lesser Georgian-Armenian marchlands. ... 8-10 is also going to be the Toronto Raptors record as of Dec. ... 8-10 is also going to be the Toronto Raptors record as of Dec. ... Events July 26 - Battle of Pliska: Nicephorus I is defeated by the Bulgar khan Krum, and is succeeded by Stauracius as Byzantine emperor. ... Events Abbasid caliph al-Mutasim establishes new capital at Samarra, Iraq. ... Events Pietro Tradonico elected Doge of Venice. ... Categories: Caucasus geography stubs | Georgia (country) ... Entrance to the emirs palace in Bukhara. ... Mtiuleti (Georgian: ; literally, the land of mountains) is a historical province in eastern Georgia, on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. ... Tzanaria (alternative spellings: Tsanaria, Canaria, Sanaria, Sanaryia) was a historic district in the early medieval Caucasus, chiefly laying in what is now the northwestern corner of Georgia’s Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. ...


In 827/828, Khalid b. Yazid, the Arab viceroy of Armīniya, began a major onslaught against Ashot’s principality. Ashot I must have been still alive at that time, and the information provided by the Georgian chronicler Sumbat, according to which Ashot I should have been murdered in 826, is doubtful. It is more likely that the event took place four years later, in 830. Ashot was buried in the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul which he had built in Artanuji. He is canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church, which celebrates his memory on the day of his martyrdom, January 29. Events Succession of Pope Valentine, then Pope Gregory IV. Arabs invade Sicily. ... Events Egbert became first King of England Alcamo was founded by the Muslim commander al-Kamuk. ... Events The Danish king accepts Christianity. ... Events Christian missionary Ansgar visits Birka, trade city of the Swedes. ... Ardanuç is a district of Artvin Province of Turkey. ... The Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church is one of the worlds most ancient Christian Churches, founded in the 1st century by the Apostle Andrew. ...


 
 

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