Caucasus Epos Published in Georgian and Ossetian

Apr 3, 2017

Illustration to the Nart Sagas for Children. Artist: Oleg Basaev

On April 3, 2017, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted a presentation of “Nart Saga for Children” in Georgian and Ossetian languages and the third edition of the Georgian-Ossetian and Ossetian-Georgian Dictionaries.

Both books have been published by the non-governmental organization “Caucasus Mosaic” with assistance from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The event brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society, academia and international organizations.

Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Caroline Stampfer, Project Manager at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, addressed the participants with welcome remarks.

Dr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Vice Rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and Dr. Naira Bepieva, Professor at Georgian-Ossetian Relations Research Centre of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Chair of "Caucasus Mosaic", opened a discussion about the role of education and cultural exchange in the peaceful transformation of conflicts.

The event closed with a concert of the folk music group “Nartebi”.

“Nart Sagas for Children” is an adapted version of the ancient Caucasus epos. Published for the first time ever, the book is illustrated by the Georgian and Ossetian artists, and will be circulated in schools and libraries in Tbilisi and Tskhinvali.  

The Georgian-Ossetian and Ossetian-Georgian Dictionaries were first published in 2012 with assistance from the European Union (EU) and UNDP. Following the growing public interest, the third, completed and amended edition of the dictionaries was finalised by the end of 2016. 

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