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Gelati Academy became one of the most important theological-scientific and educational centers of the Christiandom. At the end of the 11th c., after closing of the Academy of Mangana (Constantinople, Byzantine Empire) and the Seljuk conquest of Jerusalem, according to the King David’s historian, Gelati Academy is “a second Jerusalem of all the East for learnings of all that is of value, for teaching of knowledge – a second Athens, far exceeding the first in divine law, a canon for all ecclesiastical splendors”. The curriculum of the Academy mainly included the subjects of trivium (geometry, arithmetic, music) and quadrium (three types of philosophy, three types of rhetoric, grammar and astronomy).
Representatives of the following scientific centers and organizations have participated in the workshop organized by the Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub:
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU)
TSU Center of the Eastern Christian Studies
TSU Institute of Art History and Theory
Gelati Academy of Sciences
K. Kekelidze National Center of the Georgian Manuscripts
Georgian National Museum
Kutaisi State Historical Museum
G. Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation
V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory
Kutaisi Historical-Archaeological Reserve of the Georgian Cultural Heritage Protection Agency
Among participants of the meeting were TSU Rector Giorgi Sharvashidze, TSU Chancellor Lasha Saghinadze, Academic Director of the Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub David Prangishvili.
The participants discussed in details the objectives of the project and subsequent steps of their implementation. The following action plan was identified:
Establishment of braintrust - a group of experts from various fields responsible for scientific content, strategy and implementation of the project; organization of meetings of this group on regular basis.
Two presentations given at the workshop concerned (1) Excavations on the territory of Gelati Monastery (presenter Roland Isakadze, the head of Kutaisi Historical-Archaeological Reserve), and (2) Gelati Chant School (presenter Magda Sukhiashvili, Professor of the Tbilisi State Conservatory). The latter lecture was illustrated by performance of church hymns of Gelati Chant School by the choir of the Alaverdi Cathedral.