Reading the Culture
of Medieval Rus'
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Professor Michael S. Flier
Teaching Fellow Matthew Herrington
An introduction to the culture of the medieval East Slavs, precursors of the Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians. Exemplars of icon and fresco painting, architecture, ritual, music, folklore, and literature are analyzed in historical and social context for clues to the evolution of an apocalyptic worldview, extending from the Christianization of Rus' in the 10th century to the advent of Peter the Great at the end of the 17th century.