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The <i>Paterik</i> of the Kievan Caves Monastery

The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery

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The Kievan Caves Monastery was for centuries the most important Ukrainian monastic establishment. It was the outstanding center of literary production, and its monks served throughout the territory of Rus’ as bishops and monastic superiors. The most detailed source for the monastery early history is its Paterik, a thirteenth-century compilation containing stories reaching back to the monastery’s foundation in the mid-eleventh century. Muriel Heppell now makes available the first complete English translation of the Paterik. With an introduction, map, and several appendices, Heppell discusses the work’s Byzantine background and also sets it in its historical context.

The Harvard Library of Early Ukrainian Literature is one portion of the Harvard Project in Commemoration of the Millennium of Christianity in Rus’-Ukraine sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. The Library encompasses literary activity in Rus’-Ukraine from its beginning in the mid-eleventh century through the end of the eighteenth century. Included are ecclesiastical and secular works written in a variety of languages, such as Church Slavonic, Old Rus’, Ruthenian (Middle Ukrainian), Polish, and Latin. This linguistic diversity reflects the cultural pluralism of Ukrainian intellectual life in the medieval and early-modern periods. The Library consists of three parts: Texts, which publishes original works, in facsimile whenever appropriate; English Translations; and Ukrainian Translations. Each volume begins with an introductory essay by a specialist. The two translation series also include maps, appendices, and indices. A cumulative index to the entire Library is planned.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932650075
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Series: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Publications , #18
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Muriel Heppell is Emeritus Reader in the Medieval History of Orthodox Eastern Europe at the University of London.

Table of Contents

Editorial Statement

Preface by Sir Dimitri Obolensky


Introduction by Muriel Heppell


The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery

Discourse 1: Concerning the building of the church

Discourse 2: Arrival of the craftsmen from Constantinople

Discourse 3: When the church of the Caves Monastery was founded

Discourse 4: The coming oft/ic church-painters

Discourse 5: A miracle concerning Ioann and Sergij

Discourse 6: The ho!) table and the consecration of the great Church

Discourse 7: An account of why the Caves Monastery is so called

Discourse 8: The Life of our venerable father Feodosij

Discourse 9: The translation of the relics of Feodosij

Discourse 10: The decoration of Feodosij's coffin

Discourse 11: An encomium to our venerable father Feodosij

Discourse 12: The first monks of the Caves Monastery

Discourse 13: How Nifont saw Feodosij in a divine revelation

Discourse 14: An epistle from the bishop Simon to Polikorp

Discourse 15: Simon's narrative about the holy monks

Discourse 16: Blessed Evstratij the Faster

Discourse 17: The meek and long-suffering monk Nikon

Discourse 18: The holy martyr KukSa and Pimin the Faster

Discourse 19: Holy Afanasij the Solitary

Discourse 20: The venerable Svjatosa

Discourse 21: The monk Erazm

Discourse 22: The monk Arefa

Discourse 23: The priest Tit and the deacon Evagrij

Discourse 24: A second epistle, to Archimandrite Akindin

Discourse 25: Nikita the Solitary

Discourse 26: Laverentij the Solitary

Discourse 27: The holy and blessed Agapit

Discourse 28: Holy Grigorij the Miracle-worker

Discourse 29: The much-suffering Ioann the Solitary

Discourse 30: Venerable Moisej the Hungarian

Discourse 31: The monk Proxor

Discourse 32: Venerable Iviarko the Cave-dweller

Discourse 33: The holy venerable fathers Feodor and Vasilij

Discourse 34: Spiridon the baker and Alimpij the Icon-painter

Discourse 35: The venerable and long-suffering father Pimin

Discourse 36: Venerable Isaakij the Cave-dweller

Discourse 37: The pious prince Izjaslav' s inquiry

Discourse 38: The death of Polikarp, and the priest Vasilij

Appendix I: The Sources of Discourse 7

Appendix II: Letter of Patriarch Nicholas Mouzalon to Nifont

Appendix III: Suggested Reconstruction of Polikaip's Dedicatory Letter

Appendix IV: Isaakij the Cave-dweller and the "Jurodstvo" Tradition


Index of Biblical References

Index of Greek Terms

Index of Slavonic Terms


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Sir Dimitri Obolensky

The Paterik is a document of great value to the student of medieval Rus' and Byzantium.

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