Archive for May, 2012

Lecture Friday 25th May 2012: The Times of the Blood Rains – Georgia in Shakespearian Times

22/05/2012

At 4pm this Friday, 25th May 2o12, our lectures on the history of Georgia in Shakespearian times by Giorgi Akhvlediani continue!

The Times of the Blood Rains

Georgia in Shakespearian Times

by

Giorgi Akhvlediani

 The dramatic lives of two Royal families, rulers of the partitioned Georgian kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti include all the elements of a tragic drama. Having become the battlefield of two great empires long ago, the Georgian kingdoms applied their traditional policy of balancing between war and peace, satisfying both Ottoman and Persian interests. The Kakhetian king Alexandre was successful in this policy for two decades by accepting Ottoman suzerainty. But the policy came under increasing tension as each time the Ottoman-Persian wars would have a different outcome. Fate lured king Alexandre and three of his sons into a bloody family conflict followed by Persian intervention, which turned the rich and peaceful small kingdom into a dead land with two thirds of population killed or deported.

As opposed to the Kakhetian kingdom, Kartli was at war and largely survived owing to the personal bravery of king Luarsab and his elder son Simon “the Mad” who replaced his father after Luarsab’s strange death foreshadowed by his own dream. A number of great historical characters, the morals and manners of the century placed in an extraordinary political situation, all mixed up with destiny and meanness make the picture of The Times of the Blood Rains unforgettable for its spirit and the tragic reality of survival.

Giorgi Akhvlediani (also known as Aka Morchiladze) is the bestselling Georgian novelist with a background in history. Some of his novels, which include the Travel to Karabakh, The Others, the Madatov Trilogy, Santa Esperanza, Maid in Tiflis and Mamluk earned him the name of the most widely-read and celebrated Georgian author alive. Currently he resides and writes in London. In three lectures he will be presenting probably the most dramatic and tragic century of Georgian history.

Venue: Faculty Room (3d floor), Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane OX1 2LE, Oxford.

Friday, 25 May, 16:00.

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Lecture 17th May 2012: The Times of the Blood Rains – Georgia in Shakespearian Times

16/05/2012

The Times of the Blood Rains

Georgia in Shakespearian Times

by

Giorgi Akhvlediani

 Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute, Thursday, 17 May, 16:00.

The dramatic lives of two Royal families, rulers of the partitioned Georgian kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti include all the elements of a tragic drama. Having become the battlefield of two great empires long ago, the Georgian kingdoms applied their traditional policy of balancing between war and peace, satisfying both Ottoman and Persian interests. The Kakhetian king Alexandre was successful in this policy for two decades by accepting Ottoman suzerainty. But the policy came under increasing tension as each time the Ottoman-Persian wars would have a different outcome. Fate lured king Alexandre and three of his sons into a bloody family conflict followed by Persian intervention, which turned the rich and peaceful small kingdom into a dead land with two thirds of population killed or deported.

As opposed to the Kakhetian kingdom, Kartli was at war and largely survived owing to the personal bravery of king Luarsab and his elder son Simon “the Mad” who replaced his father after Luarsab’s strange death foreshadowed by his own dream. A number of great historical characters, the morals and manners of the century placed in an extraordinary political situation, all mixed up with destiny and meanness make the picture of The Times of the Blood Rains unforgettable for its spirit and the tragic reality of survival.

Giorgi Akhvlediani (also known as Aka Morchiladze) is the bestselling Georgian novelist with a background in history. Some of his novels, which include the Travel to Karabakh, The Others, the Madatov Trilogy, Santa Esperanza, Maid in Tiflis and Mamluk earned him the name of the most widely-read and celebrated Georgian author alive. Currently he resides and writes in London. In three lectures he will be presenting probably the most dramatic and tragic century of Georgian history.

Venue: Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane OX1 2LE, Oxford.

Thursday, 17 May, 16:00.

Convenors: Nikoloz Aleksidze & Theo M. van Lint Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies

Bags allowed in library

15/05/2012

Following a large number of reader requests, combined with complaints regarding the obstruction to the throughfare provided by bags in the lobby, reasonably sized bags are now allowed into the library.

This means that large handbags, laptop bags and small rucksacks are now permitted – larger ‘backpacker’ style rucksacks and suitcases are still not allowed. Bags should be kept under your desk, not blocking aisles.

Bags may not be left unattended inside the library – please take them with you when you leave!

This policy change brings us in line with many other Oxford libraries.

Scan & Deliver

08/05/2012

In the middle of April the Bodleian Libraries launched a new service, Scan & Deliver. Instead of requesting a book to be sent from the Book Storage Facility to a library, you can choose to have them scan one chapter, article or 5% of the book for you. Within 24 hours it’ll be put on a server, and you’ll be sent a link to see it online.

The service is still in it’s early days, and is currently only available for Oxford University staff & students – you have to log into SOLO with a Single Sign On account before using it. It costs £4.75 per item, and payment is taken from your PCAS account. If you’ve got any feedback about the service, please e-mail scan@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

For more details see the History Library’s step-by-step tutorial: http://historyatox.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/bodleian-libraries-launches-new-scan-and-deliver-service/ or visit the Scan & Deliver webpage: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/scan-and-deliver