Studies Byzantine influence on Georgian kingship
This semester, Sandro Nikolaishvili is a guest researcher at the faculty through Erasmus. He is a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest.
Nikolaishvili tells us that his broad academic interests pertain to Late Antique, Byzantine and Kartvelian/Georgian Studies.
“My current PhD project studies cross-cultural interaction between the Byzantine Empire and Medieval Georgia. More specifically, I study reception of the Byzantine ideas and rhetorical traditions related to kingship in Medieval Georgia from the tenth up to the end of the twelfth century”, he tells us.
He analyzes the ways Byzantine paradigms of rulership, both literary and visual, were adopted in Georgia and facilitated to the evolution of conception of Georgian kingship.
“In order to understand better the complex process of transmission and reception, I trace the groups as well as individual agents who contributed to the spread of Byzantine culture in Medieval Georgia”, Nikolaishvili explains.
Nikolaishvili was born in 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After obtaining BA in History from Tbilisi State University in 2008, he enrolled a two-year MA program in Comparative History: Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University (CEU), Budapest from 2009 to 2011. From 2012, he is a PhD candidate in Medieval Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University, Budapest.