Vakhtang VI (Georgian: ვახტანგ VI), also known as Vakhtang the Scholar and Vakhtang the Lawgiver, (September 15, 1675 – March 26, 1737) was a Wāli of Kartli, eastern Georgia, as a nominal vassal to the Persian shah from 1716 to 1724. Traditionally, he has been still styled as king of Kartli. Arguably the most important and extraordinary Caucasian statesman of the early 18th century, he is also known as a notable legislator, scholar, critic, translator and poet. His reign was terminated by the Ottoman invasion, which forced Vakhtang into exile to Russia. Unable to get the tsar’s support for his country, died as a broken man in Astrakhan.
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