Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Folklore – Reservoir of National Identity Folklore in Multicultural Society

Concepts of Mythological Archetypes in the Context of Georgian Identity

Manana Kvataia
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Grigol Robakidze,
  • Mythological Archetypes,
  • Georgian Identity


For R.Barthes myth is a system of communication, a message, a form, a mode of signification. Grigol Robakidze quotes Salustius’s known phrase: “Myth is something that never happened but always is”. Rudolf Karman rightly remarks that Georgia the main source of inspiration for Grigol Robakidze has its roots in the Atlantic world. To the same theme was dedicated Grigol Robakidze’s unknown work “Atlantic Dream or Georgian Myth”, etc. The novel “Maggie – the Georgian Girl” is a reinterpretation of the myth of Medea by Robakidze. Grigol Robakidze presents the legend of the Holy Grail in the Georgian context in the novel “The Grail Keepers” , “The Killed Soul” is constructed on the Sumero-Babylonian and biblical mythological paradigm, the reflection of Georgian myth in the novel “The Call of the Goddess”, the issues of eternal and modern paradigm of myth are shown in the collection of Robakidze’s essays “Demon and Mythos”, etc.