Bagrat III

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Bagrat III

 

Born 975; died 1014. Georgian tsar.

Bagrat III united Western Georgia and a considerable part of Eastern Georgia (Kartli, Kakheti, and Ereti) under his rule. He was an adopted son of the ruler Tao-Klardzheti David and nephew of the Abkhazian tsar Feodosii. Basing his power on the members of the nobility, Bagrat III struggled stubbornly with large feudal lords who were opposed to the unification of the country and also with the Arab conquerors.