On 17 August 2020, a presentation of a new book by Doctor of Philology, Professor, Member of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia, Honored Scientist of the Republic of Abkhazia Vyacheslav Chirikba “Abkhazia and Italian city-states of the XIII-XV centuries. Essays on Relationships” took place in the conference hall of the Abkhazian State Museum. The book under the stamp of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia was published by the well-known Russian publishing house “Aleteya” (St. Petersburg).
The chairman of the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia, senior researcher of the history department of Abkhazian Institute named after D. Gulia ANA, Doctor of Theology, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) attended the presentation. In his speech at the presentation, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) highly appreciated the new monograph by Vyacheslav Chirikba, he emphasized the philological and historical value of the book at the same time.
In the chapter of “Catholic Church in Medieval Abkhazia” the author gives a lot of new, structured data on the history of Catholicism in Abkhazia.
All speakers at the presentation emphasized the importance of this work in the field of medieval studies and the study of the history of medieval Italian city-states on the Caucasian coast of the Black Sea.