October 17 – Shushanik; John the Dwarf

Shushanik (440–475) (შუშანიკი) was a Georgian princess. Her given name was Vardeni (“Rose”), but her family called her Shushanik (“Little Suzie,” after Susanna of garden fame). When the Persians invaded, her husband Varksen, a pitiakhsh (feudal lord), visited their king and, wanting to get into his good graces, renounced his Christianity for Zoroastrianism. As he… Continue reading October 17 – Shushanik; John the Dwarf