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DOI: 10.23671/VNC.2019.73.43115

SHAH ABBAS IN THE HISTORICAL LEGENDS OF THE OSSETIANS

Takazov, Fedar M. , Abdollahi, Mousa
Izvestia SOIGSI. 2019. IIS 34 (73).
Abstract:
Historical narratives about the invasion of the troops of the Shah of Iran to Ossetia were preserved
in the oral folklore of the Ossetians. At the time of the invasion of these troops, Ossetia was not
a state entity, nor was it part of any other state. Ossetia was divided into separate societies, managed
via popular assemblies. According to the historical legends, the Shah’s troops invaded Ossetia from
two directions. One group crossed the Cross Pass and, moving through the Dargavsky and Kurtatinsky
Gorges, headed for the Alagirsky Gorge. The second group crossed the Mamison Pass and, moving
along the Mamison and Alagir Gorges, headed towards the Ursdon Fortress, where they reunited
with the first group of troops. In the group that moved along the Dargavsky and Kurtatinsky gorges,
there were wheel convoys. Since there were no wheeled roads in Ossetia at that time, the Shah’s troops
built roads along the way of advancement. The remains of that road have survived to the present day,
called the «Shah’s road» («Sakhnad») by the local population.
Keywords: Iran, Ossetia, the North Caucasus, Shah Abbas, folklore, historical legends, Shah’s road.
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