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date: 14 June 2024

Rus᾽, Literature of. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Author(s):
Simon FranklinSimon Franklin

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 historian of Byz. texts, therefore, material from Rus᾽ can provide important evidence where Greek MSS are sparse or lost. For the cultural historian, however, the literature of Rus᾽ is neither a precise copy nor merely a defective copy of a Byz. model. In the process of “cultural translation” the authoritative Byz. prototypes were modified in accordance with local resources, experience, and perceptions.... ...

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