Research

Major publications by Stephen Rapp, Jr.

Published books

2014

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The Sasanian World through Georgian Eyes: Caucasia and the Iranian Commonwealth in Late Antique Georgian Literature. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014. Click here for ordering information.

2012

With Paul Crego, eds., Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Georgian. The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300-1500. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012. Click here for additional details.

2003

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Studies in Medieval Georgian Historiography: Early Texts and Eurasian Contexts, Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, vol. 601, subsidia, vol. 113. Louvain: Peeters, 2003. Click here for the text on Google Book Search. Click here for the book announcement from Peeters Press. Click here for a review by the Gruppo di Studi sull’Europa Centro-Orientale nel Medioevo (in Italian).

1998

General editor of Kartlis cxovreba: The Georgian Royal Annals and Their Medieval Armenian Adaptation, 2 vols. Delmar, NY: Caravan Books, 1998. [Reprints vol. 1 of Qauxchishvili’s critical edition of Kartlis cxovreba and Abuladze’s critical edition of the Armenian adaptation]


Published articles & chapters

2012

With Paul Crego, eds., Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Georgian. The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300-1500. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012. Click here for additional details.

“Caucasia and the First Byzantine Commonwealth: Christianization in the Context of Regional Coherence.” NCEEER Working Paper, 2012. Click here for full text.

“Caucasia and the Second Byzantine Commonwealth: Byzantinization in the COntext of Regional Coherence.” NCEEER Working Paper, 2012. Click here for full text.

2011

With Tamlia Mgaloblishvili, “Manichaeism in Late Antique Georgia?,” in ‘The Search for Truth’: Augustine, Manichaeism and Other Gnosticism: Studies for Johannes van Oort at Sixty, Jacob Albert et al eds., Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, vol. 74. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2011. Pp. 263-290. To purchase a PDF of this chapter from the publisher, click here.

2009

“The Iranian Heritage of Medieval Georgia: Breathing New Life into the Pre-Bagratid Historiographical Tradition,Iranica Antiqua 44 (2009): 645-692. To purchase a PDF of the article from the publisher, click here.

2007

“Georgian Sources,” in Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources 1025-1204, Mary Whitby ed. Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 132. Oxford: Oxford UP/The British Academy, 2007. Pp. 183-220. Click here to download a PDF.

“Georgian Christianity,” in The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity, Ken Parry ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007. Pp. 137-155. Click here for volume information.

2006

“Recovering the Pre-National Caucasian Landscape,” in Mythical Landscapes Then and Now: The Mystification of Landscapes in [the] Search for National Identity, Ruth Büttner and Judith Peltz eds. Erevan: Antares, 2006. Pp. 13-52.

with Lynda Garland, “Mary ‘of Alania’: Woman and Empress between Two Worlds,” in Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience, 800-1200, Garland ed. Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Publications vol. 8. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006. Pp. 91-123. Click here for the text on Google Book Search.

with Paul Crego, “The Conversion of Kartli: The Shatberdi Variant (Kek.Inst. S-1141),” Le Muséon: Revue d’études orientales 119/1-2 (2006): 169-226. To purchase a PDF of the article from the publisher, click here.

“Caucasia, region” and “Mary of Alania Byzantine empress, ca. 1050-after 1103,” entries for the International Encyclopedia for the Middle Ages—Online: A Supplement to Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA)—Online. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006. Click here for the Brepols database portal.

2005

“Chronology, Crossroads, and Commonwealths: World Regional Schemes and the Lessons of Caucasia,” in Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History, Jerry H. Bentley, Renate Bridenthal, and Anand A. Yang eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005. Pp. 167-201. For further information, click here.

Caucasia’s Place in the Eurasian World: The Testimony of C’xorebay kartvelta mepeta, in Meotxe saertashoriso kartvelologiuri simpoziumis masalebi = Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium of Kartvelian Studies. T‘bilisi: K‘art‘velologiuri skolis c‘entri/T‘bilisis universitetis gamomc‘emloba, 2005 (appeared 2006). Pp. 45-55. With Georgian summary, “Kavkasiis adgili evraziul samqaroshi: ‘Cxorebay kartvelta mepeta’,” p. 55.

2004

Images of Royal Authority in Early Christian Georgia: The Impact of Monotheism?, in Monotheistic Kingship: The Medieval Variants, Aziz al-Azmeh and János M Bak eds., Central European University Medievalia. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2004. Pp. 155-172. For further information, click here.

with Medea Abashidze, The Life and Passion of Kostanti-Kaxi,” Le Muséon 117/1-2 (2004): 137-173.

2002

“Caucasia,” in The Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. New York, Berkshire Reference/Scribners.

2001

From Bumberazi to Basileus: Writing Cultural Synthesis and Dynastic Change in Medieval Georgia (K‘art‘li),” in Eastern Approaches to Byzantium, Antony Eastmond ed. Aldershot, UK, 2001. Pp. 101-116.

2000

Sumbat Davit‘is-dze and the Vocabulary of Political Authority in the Era of Georgian Unification,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 120/4 (2000): 570-576. Click here for PDF.

Christian Caucasian Dialogues: Armeno-K‘art‘velian Co-Existence and Confrontation in Medieval Georgian Historiography,” in Peace and Negotiation: Strategies for Coexistence in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Diane Wolfthal ed., Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, vol. 4. Turnhout, 2000. Pp. 163-178. Click here for a review of the volume.

1999

The Pre-Christian Cycle of the Georgian Shatberdi Codex: A Translation of the Initial Texts of the Corpus Mokcevay kartlisay (The Conversion of Kartli),” Le Muséon 112/1-2 (1999): 79-128.

Medieval Christian Georgia (c. 330-c. 1450),” in National Treasures of Georgia, Ori Z. Soltes ed. London, 1999. Pp. 84-92. NB: highly re-edited without my permission.

1998

K‘art‘lis c‘xovreba: The Georgian Royal Annals and Their Medieval Armenian Adaptation, 2 vols., Anatolian and Caucasian Studies. Delmar, NY, 1998. NB: I was the general editor of these two volumes and provided two new English introductions.

1997

Georgian Historical Writing,” in Seeing Islam as Others Saw It: A Survey and Evaluation of Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian Writings on Early Islam, R.G. Hoyland ed., Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam, vol. 13. Princeton, 1997. Excursus E, pp. 677-686.

1995

Archives and Access: T‘bilisi, Republic of Georgia,” IREX Newsletter (Autumn 1995); repr. in the Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Caucasia (Spring 1996) and mirrored on several Internet sites.

1993

The Coinage of T‘amar, Sovereign of Georgia in Caucasia: A Preliminary Study in the Numismatic Inscriptions of Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Georgian Royal Coinage,” Le Muséon 106/3-4 (1993): 309-330.

Zviad Gamsakhurdia,” in The Gorbachev Encyclopedia, J.L. Wieczynski ed. Salt Lake City, 1993. Pp. 154-161.

1991

Highlights of Georgian History Holdings at Indiana University—Bloomington,” The Annual of the Society for the Study of Caucasia 3 (1991): 41-64.


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