The recent terrorist attack in Boston put the Caucasus in the map for many Americans, specially the region of Chechnya where the attackers were born.
According to Pliny the Elder’s Natural History written in the first century, the name Caucasus comes from a Scythian word meaning “ice-shining” in clear reference the snow in the peaks.
I remember a Russian movie named Prisoner of the Mountains from the late 1990s that was based in the work of Leo Tolstoy A prisoner in the Caucasus (you can read the text here), but casually I found now that exists also a narrative poem written by Alexander Pushkin with a similar name.
Pushkin is considered by many the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature ( check Ruslan and Ludmila, Eugene Onegin, etc). I found his poem published online and can be accessed through this link.
Photo Credit: The photo illustrating this post is from Svanetia, Georgia, and was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 by his author Petrusbarbygere.