Tsereteli, Konstantin Constantine Tsereteli (1921–2004)

Scholar of comparative Semitics, Aramaic dialectology, and Neo-Aramaic; professor at the State University of Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student Tsereteli devoted himself to Caucasian and Eastern languages, including Old Persian, Classical Armenian, Abkhaz, and Avar, adding Hebrew and Aramaic when he was a graduate student. He subsequently became interested in the Modern Eastern-Aramaic dialects spoken by the many Assyrians living in Georgia. His original work on these dialects resulted in a great number of publications written in Georgian and/or Russian. Some of them were subsequently translated into western languages. He also published a description of Classical Syriac (1979, in Russian) and a short historical grammar of Aramaic, covering nearly three millennia of the history of the Aramaic languages (1982, in Georgian and Russian). A Festschrift was presented to him in 1993.

    Select publications by Tsereteli

    • The Modern Assyrian language (1964, in Russian). (IT 1970, GT 1978, and ET 1978)
    • Grammar of the Modern Assyrian language (1968). (in Georgian)
    • The Syriac language (1979). (in Russian)

    Secondary Sources

    • R.  Contini, F. A.  Pennacchietti, and M.  Tosco (ed.), Semitica. Serta philologica Constantino Tsereteli dicata (1993). (IX–XIII: biography by the editors; XV–XXIV: bibliography up to 1990)
    • Th. V.  Gamkrelidze and G.  Chikovani, ‘Konstantin Tsereteli (1921–2004)’, OC 89 (2005), 221–4.


How to Cite This Entry

Lucas Van Rompay, “Tsereteli, Konstantin,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay, https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Tsereteli-Konstantin.

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Lucas Van Rompay, “Tsereteli, Konstantin,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay (Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018), https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Tsereteli-Konstantin.

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Van Rompay, Lucas. “Tsereteli, Konstantin.” In Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition. Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay. Digital edition prepared by David Michelson, Ute Possekel, and Daniel L. Schwartz. Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018. https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Tsereteli-Konstantin.

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