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Georgia’s name is Tamar

2010-06-29 10:19

6245.jpeg"Country name" projects have been a success in many countries of the world. In Georgia Ilia Chavchavadze, an enlightener, a publicist who "expressed the mind of people" at the turn of 20th century was chosen as a model. But when the question was rephrased (who would you like to see featured in a film) it was Queen Tamar topping the list. Her time was Georgia's "gold age" and the history of her life and death is full of scabrous rumors and most wonderful legends.  


Nobody knows a tale that disoriented Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian poet, on the life of the Georgian queen, but real Tamar had never thrown speechless corpses of young men into Daryal gorge and had never longed for Demon's caresses.

Georgia's first female ruler took control of the state that united several Georgian principalities. Together with her husband David Soslani from the Ossetian royal family she managed successful wars outside her country and brought peace and prosperity to her people. This is the main thing that makes Tamar popular in today's castrated, disunited Georgia.

It was her name that respondents of the opinion poll carried out by Kviris Palitra daily finding out what historical personality would be most interesting for viewers in a film, recalled. "People remember political figures who ensured a high level of well-being. And Queen Tamar is a good example", - Tamar Kobakhidze, deputy director of Ilia Chavchavadze literary and memorial museum commented on the opinion poll results for GeorgiaTimes.

Queen Tamar was a great-great-granddaughter of David the Builder, Mikheil Saakashvili's favorite historical figure. By the way, then tsars called themselves "tsars of Abkhazians" and title "tsar of the Kartvels" was ranked second in their titulary, academician G.A. Melikoshvili wrote in his research works.

Tamar's golden age began in late 12th century A.C. Her father, Georgy III, in contradiction to patriarchate traditions made his daughter a co-ruler in the lack of a male successor. When he died the young lady ascended the throne.

Chroniclers and poets glorified Tamar's wit and beauty. Shota Rustaveli's poem "Knight in Tiger's Skin" features a most fascinating image of the tsarina who, as Tamar Kobakhidze says, has represented the code of honor in all Caucasus for centuries.

The king and his armies retired and did homage. They blessed her and established her as queen, many from many places told forth her praises; the trumpets were blown and the cymbals sounded sweetly.The maiden wept, she shed many tears; she drooped her eyelashes, the tail feathers of the raven.

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