Old Russian literature

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For Old Russian literature is one of literary history , the Russian literature from the beginnings of the literature that with the introduction of Christianity accompanied the 10th century until the turn of the 17th century to the 18th century, when I. Peter "window to the West opened".

In contrast to the subsequent period of Modern Russian Literature , Old Russian Literature is shaped by Byzantine culture, deals mainly with ecclesiastical topics and was mainly written in Old Church Slavonic .

Adolf Stender-Petersen divides Old Russian literature into the Old Russian Period and the Muscovite Period .

Genres of Old Russian Literature:

There is also literature written in Church Slavonic , e.g. B. liturgical texts , Bible translations , etc.

Outside of these genera is z. B. the following Old-Eastern Slavic literature:

See also


  • Adolf Stender Petersen: History of Russian Literature. 5th edition. CH Beck, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-406-31557-7


  • Helmut Graßhoff , Klaus Müller, Gottfried Sturm: O Bojan, you nightingale of the old days. 7 centuries of ancient Russian literature . Rütten & Loening, Berlin 1965 (also: Scheffler, Frankfurt am Main 1965); 4th edition, 1982.
  • Helmut Graßhoff: Old Russian poetry from the 11th - 18th centuries . Reclam, Leipzig 1971; 4th edition, 1982.