This is the first full history of ancient Georgia ever to be written outside Georgia itself. It is also an introduction to the substantial archaeological work that has been carried out in Georgia in recent decades. The principal purpose of the book is to open up ancient Georgia for the world of scholarship at large. It is not only the history of a neglected region, but also a sustained attempt to inform topics and issues that are more familiar to historians of antiquity: the myths of the periphery, particularly of Medea and the Golden Fleece; the Caucasus mountains and their passes; Greek colonization; the Persian, Athenian, and Seleucid empires; Pompey's conquest of Mithridates' empire; the development of the Roman frontier in the eastern Black Sea region; Roman diplomacy in Iberia; the Christianization of Iberia; and Sassanian ambitions in Transcaucasia and Byzantine warfare there.
The author has lived in Georgia for substantial periods during the last decade: he has made extensive use of scholarship in Georgian and Russian, and has first-hand knowledge of most of the sites which he discusses.
not only a first - virtually no one else has tried to construct a complete history of Georgia spanning 550 BC - AD 562 ... This heroic, ground-breaking book is a fine tribute to the cooperation that, almost single-handedly, Braund had brought about between the Georgian and British academic Establishment. Braund, then, has produced a brilliant first.'
Peter Jones, Literary Review. Dec '94
`David Braund's presentation of new Georgian archaeological material is invaluable. ... the great virtue of the book is that Braund looks anew at classical sources for the Caucasus. ... Braund's analysis is the most extensive and sensible yet'
Times Literary Supplement
`This book is a standard for all the works to follow on the eastern part of the Black Sea during 550 BC to 562CE, and acts as as introduction to Russian and Georgian scholarship.'
Religious Studies Review
`Braund has much which is new to contribute...'
Greece and Rome Reviews 42
`written by a British scholar, who has an excellent knowledge of the Russian and Georgian languages - an exceptionally rare combination amongst academics outside Georgia itself'
The Classical Review
`remarkable that it should have been written by a British scholar, who has an excellent knowledge of the Russian and Georgian languages - an exceptionally rare combination amongst academics outside Georgia itself ... The book is a beginning for th study of ancient Georgia in modern English language historiography.'
Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Royal Holloway, University of London, The Classical Review, XLV, 2, '95