Vakhtang III of Georgia

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King of Georgia Vakhtang III Bagrationi, King of Georgia

Also Known As: "ვახტანგ III ბაგრატიონი"
Death: 1308 (31-33)
Immediate Family:

Son of Demetrius II of Georgia and Theodora Megale Komnena, of Trebizond
Husband of Ripsime, queen consort of Georgia
Father of Demetre of Dmanis and Giorgi of Samchwildé
Brother of David VIII of Georgia; Lasha, Prince of Georgia; Manuel, Prince of Georgia and Rusudan, Princess of Georgia
Half brother of Baidu Bagrationi, Prince of Georgia; Yadgar Bagrationi, Prince of Georgia; Empress Jigda Bagrationi, princess of Georgia and Giorgi V of Georgia

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About Vakhtang III of Georgia

Vakhtang III (Georgian: ვახტანგ III) (1276–1308), of the dynasty of Bagrationi, was the king of Georgia from 1302 to 1308. he ruled during the Mongol dominance of Georgia.

A son of Demetrius II of Georgia by his Trapezuntine wife, Vakhtang was appointed, in 1302, by the Ilkhan Ghazan as a rival king to his brother David VIII, who had revolted against the Mongol rule. Vakhtang, however, controlled only the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and parts of the southern and eastern provinces of the kingdom. After an unsuccessful offensive against David's guerrillas, the brothers agreed to rule the kingdom jointly. However, Vakhtang was destined to spend most of his reign as a commander of the Georgian and Armenian auxiliaries in endless Mongol campaigns, particularly against Damascus (1303) and Gilan (1304).


Vakhtang III married Ripsime.[1] The 18th-century Georgian Chronicle mentions her as a niece of Shabur.[2] They had two known sons:[2]

  • Demetre, ruler of Dmanisi.
  • Giorgi, ruler of Samshvilde.


  1. Marek, Miroslav. "Miroslav Marek, "Genealogy.Eu: Bagratuni/Bagrationi family, page 3". Genealogy.EU (self-published source)
  2. Profile of Demetre II, his wives and children in "Medieval Lands" by Charles Cawley