Ekvtime Atoneli: 'The Balavariani'
'The Balavariani' (c.1000) is attributed to the phylosopher and scholar Ekvtime Atoneli (also known Euthymius the Athonite, Eufimius the Abasgian or St. Euthymius the Georgian). It is the Georgian Christianized version of stories from the life of Gautama Buddha that became very popular in world literature as the legend of Barlaam and Josaphat. The Georgian version has been preserved in two texts: a long text (9h-10th centuries) and a short text (11th century). The story is found in Arabic, Pahlavi, Uygur, Old Georgian, Greek and a number of other languages. The English version is translated from old Georgian.
- Lang David Marshall