Raphael Eristavi

Raphael Eristavi

Prince Raphael Eristavi (რაფიელ ერისთავი; 1824-1901) was a Georgian poet.

Eristavi was born in Kakheti, Georgia, in the Russian Empire. He attended a school for the children of the nobility in Tblisi, graduating in 1845. In 1846, he took up a position as a civil servant.

Writing in the Georgian language, Eristavi described the life and manners of the Georgian people in poetry, short stories, plays, and ethnographic essays.

Widely popular among Georgians in his day, in 1895, Georgia had a national day of celebration in his honor.


* [http://www.nplg.gov.ge/dlibrary/collect/0001/000091/Anthology%20of%20Georgian%20poetry.pdf Anthology of Georgian Poetry]

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