Kuji of Colchis

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Kuji (Georgian: ქუჯი) (r. 325 BC - 280 BC) was a king and eristavi of Colchis.[1][2] During his reign his castle of Nokalakevi was built.[3]

Kuji aided Pharnavaz I of Iberia against the tyrannical ruler Azo.[4][5]

Pharnavaz subsequently deposed and killed Azo and Kuji recognized the authority of him and gave him the throne of Colchis.

According to The Georgian Chronicles:

You are son of the heads of Kartli, and you should reign over me, and your race should be here, and strength you should have, you are our Lord, and I shall be your servant.

შენ ხარ შვილი თავთა მათ ქართლისათა, და შენ გმართებს უფლობა ჩემი აწ ნუ შურობ ხუასტაგსა შენსა, რათა განვამრავლნეთ სპანი; და უკეთუ მოგუეცეს ძლევა, შენ ხარ უფალი ჩუენი და მე ვარ მონა შენი.[6]

Kuji eventually married Parnavaz's sister.[7] This marriage would produce the progeny of Kartam of Colchis.


  1. ^ Traditio, Johannes Quasten, Stephan Kuttner, p104
  2. ^ The Early State, Henri J. M. Claessen, Peter Skalnik, p263
  3. ^ From dynastic principality to imperial district, Kenneth Church, p102
  4. ^ Rapp, p. 276.
  5. ^ А.Ф. Смирдин, Библиотека для чтения, Volume 38, p87, г.1840
  6. ^ ქართლის ცხოვრება, ყაუხჩიშვილის რედაქცია, ტომი 1, განათლება, თბილისი, საქართველო 1955
  7. ^ Византийский временник, Volume 23 p158


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  • William Bayne Fisher: The Cambridge History of Iran