Nikoloz Baratashvili

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Nikoloz Baratashvili
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Born(1817-12-04)4 December 1817
Tbilisi, Georgia
Died21 October 1845(1845-10-21) (aged 27)
Ganja, Azerbaijan
OccupationWriter, poet
Nationality Georgian
Literary movement Romanticism

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Baratashvili's hopeless infatuation: Ekaterine Dadiani, Princess of Mingrelia, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter Franz Xavier Winterhalter. Princess Catherine Dadiani.jpg
Baratashvili's hopeless infatuation: Ekaterine Dadiani, Princess of Mingrelia, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Bedi Kartlisa by Baratashvili, 1839. N. Baratashvili. 'bedi kartlisa' MSS.jpg
Bedi Kartlisa by Baratashvili, 1839.

Prince Nikoloz "Tato" Baratashvili (Georgian :ნიკოლოზ "ტატო" ბარათაშვილი; 4 December 1817 – 21 October 1845) was a Georgian poet. He was one of the first Georgians to marry modern nationalism with European Romanticism and to introduce "Europeanism" into Georgian literature. Due to his early death, Baratashvili left a relatively small literary heritage of fewer than forty short lyrics, one extended poem, and a few private letters, but he is nevertheless considered to be the high point of Georgian Romanticism. [1] He was referred to as the "Georgian Byron". [2] [3]

Georgian language Official language of Georgia

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Georgians Caucasian ethnic group that are indigenous to Georgia

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Nikoloz Baratashvili, affectionately known as Tato (ტატო), was born in Tiflis (Tbilisi), Georgia's capital, which was then a principal city of Russian Transcaucasia. His father, Prince Meliton Baratashvili (1795–1860), was an impoverished nobleman working for the Russian administration. His mother, Ephemia Orbeliani (1801–1849), was a sister of the Georgian poet and general Prince Grigol Orbeliani and a scion of the penultimate Georgian king Erekle II.

Russian Empire former country, 1721–1917

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Transcaucasia geopolitical region located on the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Transcaucasia, , also known as the South Caucasus, , is a geographical region in the vicinity of the southern Caucasus Mountains on the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Transcaucasia roughly corresponds to modern Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Total area of these countries is about 186,100 square kilometres. Transcaucasia and Ciscaucasia together comprise the larger Caucasus geographical region that divides Eurasia.

Baratashvili is a Georgian noble family, appearing at the end of the 15th century as a continuation of the Kachibadze (ქაჩიბაძე), which were possibly related to the Liparitids-Orbeli.

Baratashvili graduated, in 1835, from a Tiflis gymnasium for nobility, where he was tutored by Solomon Dodashvili, a Georgian patriot and liberal philosopher. [4] The tragic quality of Baratashvili's poetry was determined by his traumatic personal life as well as the contemporary political situation in his homeland. The failure of the 1832 anti-Russian conspiracy of Georgian nobles, with which Baratashvili was a schoolboy sympathizer, forced many conspirators to see the independent past as irremediably lost and to reconcile themselves with the Russian autocracy, transforming their laments for the lost past and the fall of the native dynasty into Romanticist poetry. Shortage of money prevented Baratashvili from continuing his studies in Russian universities, while an early physical injury – his lameness – did not allow him to enter military service as he wished. Eventually, Baratashvili had to enter the Russian bureaucratic service and serve as an ordinary clerk in the disease-ridden Azerbaijani town of Ganja. The love of his life, Princess Ekaterine Chavchavadze, rejected him and married David Dadiani, Prince of Mingrelia.

Solomon Dodashvili Georgian philosopher

Solomon Dodashvili also known as Solomon Ivanovich Dodaev-Mogarsky was a Georgian philosopher, journalist, historian, grammarian, belletrist and enlightener.

Ganja, Azerbaijan City & Municipality in Azerbaijan

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Ekaterine Dadiani, Princess of Mingrelia Last ruling princess of the Western Georgian Principality of Mingrelia

Duchess Ekateriné Dadiani was a prominent 19th-century Georgian aristocrat and the last ruling Duchess of the Western Georgian Duchy of Mingrelia. She played an important role in resisting Ottoman influence in her principality and was at the center of Georgian high society, both inside the country and abroad.

Baratashvili died of malaria in Ganja, unmourned and unpublished, at the age of 27. Baratashvili's influence was long delayed, but as the next generation of Georgian literati rediscovered his lyrics, he was posthumously published, between 1861 and 1876, and idolized. [1] Baratashvili's reinterment from Ganja to Tbilisi in 1893 turned into a national celebration. Since 1938, his remains have lain in the Mtatsminda Pantheon in Tbilisi.

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Mtatsminda Pantheon cemetery

The Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures is a necropolis in Tbilisi, Georgia, where some of the most prominent writers, artists, scholars, and national heroes of Georgia are buried. It is located in the churchyard around St David’s Church "Mamadaviti" on the slope of Mount Mtatsminda and was officially established in 1929. Atop the mountain is Mtatsminda Park, an amusement park owned by the municipality of Tbilisi.


A key insight into the Weltanschauung of Baratashvili can be found in his historical poem Fate of Georgia (ბედი ქართლისა, bedi k'art'lisa; 1839), an inspiring and articulate lament for Georgia's latest misfortunates. This poem, written by Baratashvili at the age of 22, is based on a real historical event: the 1795 ruining of Tbilisi by the Persian ruler Mohammad Khan Qajar, which forced the disappointed Georgian king Erekle II to relegate his country's security onto the Russian Empire. However, national problems considered in this work are viewed with a modern approach; the poem considers not only Georgia's past, but also its future in the aftermath of the failed revolt of 1832. In this poem, Baratashvili reproduces the debate of Erekle II with his chancellor, Solomon Lionidze who opposes the union with Russia and thinks that this will result in the loss of Georgia's national identity. Lionidze's wife asks her husband, in a lament that became familiar to all literate Georgians: "What pleasure does the tender nightingale receive from honor if it is in a cage?" [4] The sympathies of the poet and reader both fall on Solomon's side, but the objectively rational decision of the king prevails.

Battle of Krtsanisi

The Battle of Krtsanisi was fought between the Qajars of Iran and the Georgian armies of the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti and Kingdom of Imereti at the place of Krtsanisi near Tbilisi, Georgia, from September 8 to September 11, 1795, as part of Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar's war in response to King Heraclius II of Georgia’s alliance with the Russian Empire. The battle resulted in the decisive defeat of the Georgians, capture, and complete destruction of their capital Tbilisi, as well as the temporary absorption of eastern parts of Georgia into the Iranian Empire.

Erekle Mukhranbatoni (1666–1723) was a Georgian nobleman of the House of Mukhrani, a collateral branch of the royal Bagrationi dynasty of Kartli. He was Prince (batoni) of Mukhrani and ex officio commander of the Banner of Shida Kartli and Grand Master of the Household (msakhurt-ukhutsesi) at the court of Kartli from 1717 to 1719.

During his short creative life (1833–45) Baratashvili developed difficult concepts of art and ideas. In the words of the British scholar Donald Rayfield, Baratashvili "evolved a language all his own, obscure but sonorous, laconically modern, sometimes splendidly medieval, with pseudo-archaisms." [1] In his earlier poem Dusk on Mtatsminda (შემოღამება მთაწმინდაზე, shemoghameba mt'ats'mindaze; 1833–36) the reader can feel a romantic aspiration to be freed of earthly burdens and joined with secret natural forces. Baratashvili's love-poetry reached its acme with his unhappy obsessive love for Princess Chavchavadze and is impregnated with an idea of the orphaned soul as in The Orphaned Soul (სული ობოლი, suli oboli; 1839). [5] Despaired of human happiness, Baratashvili admires the superhuman historical figures, such as Erekle II and Napoleon, whom he deems to be beyond joy and misery. [6] Among his most significant works are the poems The Evil Spirit (სული ბოროტი, suli boroti; 1843), Thought on the Riverside of Mtkvari (ფიქრი მტკვრის პირას, p'ik'ri mtkvris piras; 1837), and Pegasus (მერანი, Merani; 1842). This latter poem fascinated later Georgian poets as a mystic, apocalyptic vision of the future. In it the omnipotent mind, inspired by faith, calls for the poem's lyrical hero to knowingly sacrifice himself in the name of his brethren. The tragic optimism of Merani is a striking manifestation of the romantic spirit: active, life-asserting, and full of revolutionary aspirations. Merani is a prominent work of Georgian Romanticism both from an ethical-philosophical view, and from an artistic-aesthetic point of view.

Donald Rayfield British translator

(Patrick) Donald Rayfield OBE is professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia. He translated Georgian and Russian poets and prose writers.

Napoleon 19th century French military leader and politician

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Statue in honor to Baratashvili in Tbilisi. Estatua de Baratashvili, Tiflis, Georgia, 2016-09-29, DD 115.jpg
Statue in honor to Baratashvili in Tbilisi.
  • “Do not say something, sweetheart, your lover thy heart, certainly”
  • “Turned out to be illuminated in the east, like the sun alive ”
  • “Blew the rudy wind , led me like a Flower”
  • Thought on the Riverside of Mtkvari"(p'ik'ri mtkvris piras)
  • "I bless the day of my birth, I am happy, cup”
  • "The grace of your Creator, beautiful, woman shavtvalebiano”
  • "Merani
  • "I am happy with you presence”
  • "My lover , I remember your eyes”
  • "The grace of your Creator, beautiful, blackeyed woman ”
  • "Will Dry My Tears.”
  • "Colour of the sky, blue colour”
  • "I have found a real church, standing in the wilderness”
  • "The fate of Kartli" ("Bedi kartlisa")
  • "Nightingale on the rose”
  • "Duke barataevis azarpeshazed”
  • "Nathan, the singer on the piano …”
  • "To Napoleon”
  • "War of the nobleman-peasant-to-face”
  • "Tomb of King Irakli”
  • "Earring”
  • "Orphan spirit ”
  • "Hyacinth and a bit”
  • "Thoughts on the edge”
  • "Twilight mtatsmidazed”
  • " To my friends”
  • "My Pray”
  • " To my stars”
  • "Babies”
  • "Chinari”
  • "Chonguri”
  • "Mysterious voice”

Baratashvili Bridge, an avenue in Tbilisi are named after the poet with his monument standing in the center district of the capital of Georgia. [7]



  1. 1 2 3 Rayfield, p. 145.
  2. Nechkina, Militsa Russia in the Nineteenth Century: Volume II of The History of Russia, Volume 1 p.449
  3. Степанов, Теймураз Тбилиси, легенда и быль 1968
  4. 1 2 Suny, p. 124.
  5. Rayfield, pp. 145–6.
  6. Rayfield, p. 146.
  7. "Tbilisi Travel Guide. Tourist Routes" . Retrieved 2011-05-18.

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