On the date when Christianity became the state religion of Georgia

Gigolashvili, M. and Kiladze, R. and Kukhianidze, V. and Ramishvili, G. (2006) On the date when Christianity became the state religion of Georgia. Astronomical & Astrophysical Transactions, 26 (4). pp. 199-201.


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In the Georgian chronicles it is specified that the acceptance of Christianity in Georgia is connected with the fact that, during a hunt, King Mirian suddenly became aware that it was dark and that the Sun had disappeared from the sky. Accordingly, it is considered that Christianity in Georgiawas announced to be the state religion after this event in the fourth century. In the 1930s the well-known Georgian historian Ivane Javakhishvili asked astronomers to answer the question of whether there was a solar eclipse in Georgia in the fourth century or not. Now we have found that a total solar eclipse occurred in Georgia on 6 May 319 AD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eclipse; Georgia; Christianity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Vasili Kukhianidze
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 15:25
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 10:04
URI: http://eprints.iliauni.edu.ge/id/eprint/907

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