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Georgian medieval educational centers — Ikalto and Gelati Academies were studying Ancient Greek language and culture in the 11th-12th centuries. Georgian writers, historians and philosophers during the Middle Ages were well aware of ancient classical myths and literature, which is obvious in their works. The teaching of classical languages was especially developed in the 19th century, when Georgia was under the rule of Russian Empire. Teaching of Ancient Greek and Latin was established in Georgian gymnasia and continued after acquiring the independence by Georgia in 1918. The situation radically changed in nineteen twenties, after the occupation of Georgia by the Red Army and the loss of independence Georgia became part of the Soviet Russian Empire. Under the pressure of Soviet ideology, teaching of classical languages in gymnasium was abolished as an attribute of Western culture. Only at the University level Soviet Georgia managed to maintain teaching of classical languages and culture in general, despite the fact that the founder of Classical Studies in Georgia and mainly at Tbilisi State University, a widely known scholar Grigol Tsereteli was arrested and killed by the Stalin regime in the nineteen-thirties. Another prominent classicist Simon Kaukhchishvili was arrested and persecuted as well, but he managed to survive. The impact of the Soviet system on the development of Classical Studies in Georgia, mainly, the fate of prominent Georgian classicists under repressions and the influence of Soviet ideology on their scholarly work will be discussed and analyzed in the paper.

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