The Hagiography of Kievan Rus

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Hardcover New The earliest known examples of medieval East Slavic literature were hagiographic--works written in honor of a particular saint for the edification of the Church ... and the cultivation of holiness. Drawn from the ''cultural quarry'' of Byzantium, these narratives form a literary history of Christianity's formation in Russian and present a nuanced glance at her people's desire ''to see [themselves] as part of God's unfolding salvific plan. '' This volume offers two ancient accounts of the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb as well as a memorial and ecomium for Prince Volodimer (Vladimir), the catalyst behind Russia's national conversion. Read more Show Less

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Among the finest products of Kievan Rus literature were the Lives of the first Rus saints, including Olga, Volodimer, Boris and Gleb, Feodosij, and Avraamij of Smolensk. Drawing on Byzantine, Church Slavonic, and Western literary traditions, the Rus hagiographers fashioned religious narratives that were at once traditional and tailored specifically for an East Slavic audience. These hagiographic works are now collected and translated into English in a single volume for the first time. Paul Hollingsworth's introduction examines the hagiographers' literary portrayals of the saints against the background of political, ecclesiastical, and cultural developments of Kievan Rus.
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Paul Hollingsworth is employed by the U.S. State Department, Political Section, Moscow.
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I. The Cult of Boris and Glĕb

II. The Life of Feodosij

III. The Life of Avraamij of Smolensk

IV. Memorial and Encomium for Prince Volodimer


Lesson concerning the Life and Murder of the Blessed Passion-Sufferers Boris and Glĕb

Life of Feodosij

Tale and Passion and Encomium of the Holy Martyrs Boris and Glĕb

Tale of the Miracles of the Holy Passion-Sufferers of Christ Roman and David

Life of Avraamij of Smolensk

Memorial and Encomium for Prince Volodimer of Rus'


I. The PVL's Entries for the Years 1015-1019

II. The PVL's Entry for the Year 1072

III. The Hypatian Chronicle's Account of the Translation of the Relics of Boris and Glĕb in 1115

IV. The Paremejnik Reading for Boris and Glĕb

V. A Prolog Reading for Boris and Glĕb

VI. A Twelfth-Century Sermon on the Cult of Boris and Glĕb

VII. A Prolog Account of the Translation of Relics of Boris and Glĕb to Smolensk in 1191


Index of Biblical References

Index of Greek Terms

Index of Slavonic Terms


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