Shota Rustaveli was a Georgian poet of the 12th century, and the greatest classic of Georgian secular literature. He is the author of The Knight in the Panther's Skin ("Vepkhistqaosani" in Georgian), the Georgian national epic poem. Little is known about life of the poet. He was a courtier of queen Tamara.
"The Knight in the Panther's Skin" (the actual name is Vepkhistkaosani, which means The wearer of Tiger's Skin) has been translated into many languages. It was first printed in 1712, in Tbilisi (capital of Georgia). It consists of 1576 four line stanzas with monorhyme. That means all lines rhyme to each other. The lines are made up of sixteen syllables.
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- The Man in the Panther's Skin: full text of M. Wardrop's English translation.
- Shota Rustaveli. "The Knight in the Panther's Skin" (Fragments in English). Archived 2004-01-01 at the Wayback Machine