Mykola Serov

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Mykola Serov

Mykola Kostjantynowytsch Serov ( Ukrainian Микола Костянтинович Зеров , Russian Николай Константинович Зеров / Nikolai Konstantinovich Serow * April 14 jul. / 26. April  1890 greg. In Sinkiv , Poltava Governorate , Russian Empire ; † 3. November 1937 in Sandarmoch , Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic ) was a Ukrainian classical philologist , translator, and poet. He belongs to the " shot rebirth ", a generation of artists of the Ukrainian SSR who were murdered by the Stalinist purges .

As a poet, Mykola Serow was one of the most important exponents of Ukrainian neoclassicism alongside Maksym Rylskyj . He worked as a classical philologist at the University of Kiev . He translated works by ancient, especially Roman, and French authors into Ukrainian . Serov addressed an educated, aesthetically trained audience. He avoided political issues, although at times he endeavored to link ancient tradition with the new socialist realism in his work . His sonnets , alexandrines and elegiac distiches were based strongly on ancient poetry and mostly also had ancient themes as their content. As an author writing in Ukrainian , he got into conflict with the Stalinist regime and was deported to the Solovki camp in the White Sea, later executed. His works were only rehabilitated later.


  • Вибране , Kiev 1966
  • Українське письменство , Kiev, 2003


  • Irene Husar: Mykola Serov - an important Ukrainian classical philologist , In: Das Altertum 23 (1977), pp. 120f.

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