|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 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.|
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.