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Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus - 
      Sean Griffin

Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus

The chroniclers of medieval Rus were monks, who celebrated the divine services of the Byzantine church throughout every day. This study is the first to analyze how these rituals shaped their writing of the Rus Primary Chronicle, the first written history of the East Slavs. Les mer
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The chroniclers of medieval Rus were monks, who celebrated the divine services of the Byzantine church throughout every day. This study is the first to analyze how these rituals shaped their writing of the Rus Primary Chronicle, the first written history of the East Slavs. During the eleventh century, chroniclers in Kiev learned about the conversion of the Roman Empire by celebrating a series of distinctively Byzantine liturgical feasts. When the services concluded, and the clerics sought to compose a native history for their own people, they instinctively drew on the sacred stories that they sang at church. The result was a myth of Christian origins for Rus - a myth promulgated even today by the Russian government - which reproduced the Christian origins myth of the Byzantine Empire. The book uncovers this ritual subtext and reconstructs the intricate web of liturgical narratives that underlie this foundational text of pre-modern Slavic civilization.
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Forlag: Cambridge University Press
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9781107156760
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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«'It is hard to over-emphasize just what a tour de force this is.' Nadieszda Kizenko, The Russian Review»

«'… Sean Griffin's excellent new study, The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus, reveals just how complex, vital, revolutionary, and central this particular event - the Christianization of the Eastern Slavic peoples - was to the self-understanding and self-representation of Kiev's ruling elite.' Patrick Lally Michelson, Slavic Review»

«'The focus of Sean Griffin's book is a medieval chronicle and its sources. However, the subject resonates beyond its time.' Simon Franklin, Los Angeles Review of Books»

«'… there is no doubt that this book brings fresh insights and a powerful approach to the understanding of history writing in Rus'. This is a sharply argued contribution to Byzantine and Rus cultural and intellectual history that will deservedly be cited for decades to come.' Florin Curta, Medieval Encounters»

Introduction; 1. Liturgy and history in Early Rus; 2. The Rus Primary Chronicle; 3. Vespers at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves; 4. The dayspring before the sun: Princess Olga of Kiev; 5. A new Constantine in the North: Prince Vladimir and the Baptism of Rus; 6. A rational sacrifice: the martyrdom of Princes Boris and Gleb; Conclusion: the making of royal saints in Early Rus.
Sean Griffin is a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. His interdisciplinary research focuses on both the most ancient and the most recent periods of Russian and Ukrainian history. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and was a VolkswagenStiftung fellow at Westfälische Wilhems-Universität in Münster, Germany from 2016 to 2017.