Kartlos or K'art'los (Georgian: ქართლოსი) was the legendary establisher and eponymous father of Georgia, and the mythic ancestor of Georgians, namely its nucleus Kartli (Caucasian Iberia). His story is narrated in the compilation of the medieval Georgian chronicles, Kartlis Cxovreba, taken down from oral tradition by Leonti Mroveli in the 11th century.
The legend has it that he was a son of Targamos and, thus, brother of Haos, Movakos, Lekos, Heros, Kavkasos, and Egros from whom other Caucasian peoples took their origin. Kartlos united his people to become their chieftain and founded the city of Kartli.
According to some modern scholars, Kartlos seems initially to have been a contrivance of early Georgian folklore, though he later came to be regarded in the medieval epoch as a real historical figure and the genuine founder of the Georgian nation.
He had several sons:
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