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Domentijan

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Serbian scholar and writer; born ca.1210, died after 1264.

For most of his life Domentijan was a monk in Hilandar on Athos, where he wrote a (very long) Life of ...

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Iaroslav the Wise

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(c.978–1054)

Son of Vladimir I and Rogneda, Iaroslav occupied the throne of Kiev in 1019, and in 1036 reigned alone over Rus'. Under his aegis, Kievan Rus' enjoyed a political ...

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Jaroslav

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(῾Ιεροσθλάβος), prince of Kiev; son of Vladimir I of Kiev; baptismal name George; born 978, died Kiev 20 Feb. 1054.

Victorious in his war for the succession, Jaroslav became the ...

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Kiev

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Located on the river Dnieper, on the trade routes from central Europe and the Baltic to Byzantium and the Arab caliphates, Kiev had been settled for several centuries before Varangian ...

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Klim Smoljatič

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Monk; metropolitan of Kiev (27 July 1147–55, 1159); and a figure of controversy in Russo-Byz. ecclesiastical and cultural relations.

In the ecclesiastical controversy Klim...

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Literature of Rus᾽

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The literature of Kievan and Muscovite Rus᾽ chiefly consists of translations from Greek into Church Slavonic (mostly via Bulgaria) and of native works written in a Byz. manner. For the ...

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Olga

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Princess of Kiev (Ἔλγα in Greek sources, Christian name Helena); died 11 July 969.

Wife and, from 945, heiress of Igor, Ol'ga tried to develop trade and political relations with ...

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Slavic biography and autobiography

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Among the genres inherited from Byzantine epideictic oratory, the encomium or panegyric influenced both secular biography and ecclesiastical hagiography. An important literary application...

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Slavic sermons

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

An important genre of religious instruction and celebration, sermons feature prominently among the early Slavic translations from Greek, which form the beginnings of medieval Slavic written...

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St Vladimir

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Religion.

(d. 1015),

Apostle of the Russians and Ukrainians. Brought up as a pagan, he took Kiev from his elder brother and then subjugated large areas of White Russia. He helped the...

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