Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

The Georgian King David IV (d. 1125) wasn’t given the epithet “The Builder,” or perhaps “The Rebuilder,” because he could put together a mean castle or fix a crack in your home’s foundation. He’s regarded as the restorer of the Georgian nation after its subjugation by the Seljuk Turks in the late 11th century and is regarded as perhaps the greatest ruler in Georgian history, in addition to being a saint in the Georgian Orthodox Church. It seems like he was a pretty impressive guy. The Battle of Didgori is where David IV really began to cement his legacy as David the Builder, because it was here that his outnumbered army, with a little assistance from the Crusaders and a lot of assistance from technology, trounced the Seljuks and effectively won Georgia’s independence.

Source: Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

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