Prince Ioane of Georgia

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Prince Ioane Bagrationi
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Head of the Royal House of Georgia
Reign 13 May 1819 – 15 February 1830
Predecessor David Bagrationi
Successor Grigol Bagrationi
Spouse Ketevan Tsereteli
Issue Grigol Bagrationi
House Bagrationi
Father George XII of Georgia
Mother Ketevan Andronikashvili
Born (1768-05-16)16 May 1768
Flag of Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti.svg Tbilisi, Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti
Died 15 February 1830(1830-02-15) (aged 61)
Flag of Russia.svg Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Burial Alexander Nevsky Monastery
Religion Georgian Orthodox Church
Occupation writer and encyclopedist

Ioane Geogrievich Bagrationi (Georgian: იოანე ბაგრატიონი) (16 May 1768 in Tbilisi, Georgia – 15 February 1830 in Saint Petersburg, Russia) was a Georgian prince (batonishvili), writer and encyclopaedist.

A son of George XII, the last king of Kartl-Kakheti kingdom, eastern Georgia, by his first wife Ketevan Andronikashvili, Ioane commanded an avant-garde of a Georgian force annihilated by the Persian army at the Battle of Krtsanisi in 1795.

Following the battle, the kingdom entered a period of economic crisis and political anarchy. To eradicate the results of a Persian attack and to overcome the retardation of the feudal society, Prince Ioane proposed on 10 May 1799, a project of reforms of administration, army and education. This project was, however, never materialized due to the weakness of George XII and a civil strife in the country. In 1800, he commanded a Georgian cavalry in the joined Russian-Georgian forces that defeated his uncle, Alexandre Bagrationi, and the Dagestani allies at the battle of Niakhura.

Upon the death of George XII, Kartl-Kakheti was incorporated into the expanding Russian Empire, and Ioane was deported to Russia. He settled in Saint Petersburg where he wrote most of his works with a didactic encyclopedic novel Kalmasoba (1817–1828) being the most important of them.

He is also an author of a naturalist encyclopedia (1814), a children encyclopedia (1829), a Russian-Georgian dictionary, a Georgian lexicon, and of several poems.

His manuscripts were discovered in 1861 by a Georgian scholar, Dimitri Bakradze, who published them in an abridged version in 1862.

He married in 1787, Princess Ketevan Tsereteli (1775–1832), and had the only son, Grigol.



  • David M. Lang, Prince Ioann of Georgia and His "Kalmasoba", American Slavic and East European Review, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Dec., 1952), pp. 274–287
  • Soviet Georgian Encyclopedia, vol. 5, pp 188–189. Tbilisi, 1980 (in Georgian)

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