Anthology of Old Russian Literature

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HAGIOGRAPHY
Old Russian hagiographical literature was, in its beginnings, the fruit of assiduous literary activity on the part of the monks of the Cave Monastery in Kiev and of the writers associated with this religious and cultural center of Old Kiev.Hagiography early became divided into two specific genres: (1) hagiography in the more restricted sense, i. e., saints' lives or monastic stories; and (2) secular biography of heroes more or less associated with ecclesiastical life. Both genres are represented in this anthology.The first section, dealing with pure hagiographical writing, consists of:
Nestor's Life of Theodosius, First Abbot of the Cave Monastery
Nestor's Narrative of the Naming of the Cave Monastery
Monastic legends from the Patericon of the Cave Monastery.
The second section, devoted to secular biography, includes:
The anonymous Passion and Encomium of SS. Boris avd Gleb the Martyrs
Nestor's Lection on the Life and Assassination of SS. Boris and Gleb the Martyrs
The anonymous Life of Prince Alexander Nevskij.

NESTOR'S LIFE OF THEODOSIUS,
FIRST ABBOT OF THE CAVE MONASTERY

Nestor, who became a monk in the Cave Monastery after the death of Theodosius ( 1074), probably wrote the biography of the first abbot in the eighties of the eleventh century. The Life, patterned after Byzantine hagiographical models such as the Life of Saint Antonius, by Athanasius of Alexandria, or the Life of Saint Sabbas, by Cyril of Scythopolis, represents the older pragmatic and realistic style in Russian hagiographical literature. In his introduction Nestor refers to another of his hagiographical works, the Lection on the Life and Assassination of SS. Boris and Gleb the Martyrs.

Only the first part, the life of Theodosius up to the moment of his entrance into the monastery, is reprinted here. The second part is of less literary importance, consisting in the main of a collection of unconnected anecdotes and lacking the dramatic composition of the first part.

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