Martyrdom of the Holy Queen Shushanik

Martyrdom Of The Holy Queen Shushanik

Martyrdom of the Holy Queen Shushanik

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The Martyrdom of the Holy Queen Shushanik (also translated as The Passion of Saint Shushanik; Georgian: წამებაჲ წმიდისა შუშანიკისი დედოფლისაჲ, C’amebay C’midisa Shushanikisi Dedop’lisay) is the first extant piece of Georgian literature. Purported to have been written between 476 and 483, the earliest surviving manuscript dates from the 10th century. The author is Iakob Tsurtaveli (Jacob of Tsurtavi), a contemporary and participant of the events described in this hagiographic novel.The Armenian version that exists is a translation that was translated 400 years after Tsurtaveli wrote the masterpiece.

The novel describes the martyrdom of Saint Shushanik, an Armenian noblewoman, at the hand of her spouse, bidaxae (high prince) Varsken, who had renounced Christianity and embraced Zoroastrianism. Shushanik, whose father was the sparapet (military leader) of the Christians in Armenia, refused to follow him, and died as a martyr after years of imprisonment and tortures.

The work was first published in 1882. It has been translated into Russian, French, English, German, Spanish and Hungarian. In 1979, UNESCO marked the 1500-anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Holy Queen Shushanik.


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