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Georgian Script and Literature
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Literature in the Georgian language first becomes tangible with the invention of the Georgian script, epigraphically attested since the second half of the 5th cen-tury ce. Georgian scholars think that there was a Georgian literary language already in pre-Christian times. The Georgian script with 38 letters read left to right probably developed under Greek influence. On into the 11th century, the “priestly script” (Ḫuc̣uri) continued in use, initially as a majuscule, and after the 9th century in…

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Kaufhold, Hubert, “Georgian Script and Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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