Mepe (title)

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One of the Georgian monarchs, mepe Bagrat III of Georgia.

Mepe (Georgian: მეფე, Georgian pronunciation: [mɛpʰɛ]) is a title used to designate the Georgian monarch,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] whether it is a King or a Queen regnant.

მეფე (mepe) literally means king, but was used by female monarchs of Georgia as well.

The word mepe is derived from Georgian word "me-u-pe" which literally means sovereign and lord.

Georgian language having no grammatical gender, word mepe is strictly masculine royal title.

Even though მეფე (mepe) has a female equivalent which is დედოფალი (dedopali, literally meaning queen) it is only applied to the king's consort and does not have a meaning of a ruling monarch.[8]

Later, after David IV official title of king has become "mepet mepe" (king of kings), similar to Persian Shahanshah.

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  1. ^ Georgia, Tim Burford, p15
  2. ^ Law in Medieval Russia, Ferdinand Joseph Maria Feldbrugge, p331
  3. ^ Etymological Dictionary of the Kartvelian Languages, Georgij A. Klimov, p120
  4. ^ Syntactic Analysis and Description: A Constructional Approach, David Lockwood, p214
  5. ^ Stability, Variation, and Change of Word-order Patterns Over Time, Rosanna Sornicola, Erich Poppe, Ariel Shisha-Halevy, p158
  6. ^ Women's Movements: Networks and Debates in Post-communist Countries in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Edith Saurer, Margareth Lanzinger, Elisabeth Frysak, Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar, 2006, p65
  7. ^ Studies in Relational Grammar, Volume 2, David M. Perlmutter, Carol G. Rosen, p276
  8. ^ Royal Imagery in Medieval Georgia, Antony Eastmond, p109