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Lazica (kingdom of Georgia in the 11th century.

In the early 4th century, the Christian eparchy of Pitiunt (Bichvinta ბიჭვინთა ) was established in this kingdom, and as in neighboring Iberia Christianity was declared as an official religion in AD 319.[1][2] Other ancient episcopal sees in Lazica include Rhodopolis,[3] Saesina,[4] and Zygana.[5]

In 325 among the participants of the Kingdom of Georgia.


  • Rulers 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The known rulers of Lazica were:

  • Malassas, a king of the Lazi as a vassal of the Roman Emperor Hadrian mentioned by Arrian in 131
  • Pacorus, a contemporary of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (r. 138–161)
  • Gubazes I, attested c. 456 – 466
  • Damnazes, ?–521/522
  • Tzath I, attested 521/522 – 527/528
  • Opsites, dates of reign unknown, likely some time before 541
  • Gubazes II c. 541 – 555
  • Tzath II, 556–?
  • Lebarnicius, c. 662, mentioned as "patricius of Lazica" in the Hypomnensticum of Theodosius and Theodore of Gangra
  • Grigor 670 – c. 675
  • Sergius, son of Barnucius, c. 696/697

See also


  1. ^ The Church Triumphant: A History of Christianity Up to 1300, E. Glenn Hinson, p 223
  2. ^ Georgian Reader, George Hewitt, p. xii
  3. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 959
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013, p. 979
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013, p. 1013
  6. ^ W.E.D. Allen, A history of the Georgian people (1932), p. 276.

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