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The Old Rus’ Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles

The Old Rus’ Kievan and Galician-Volhynian Chronicles

The Ostroz’kyj (Xlebnikov) and Cetvertyns’kyj (Pogodin) Codices

ISBN 9780916458379

Publication date: 02/25/1991

In ca. 1307, three Old Rus’ chronicles—the Pověst’ vremennykh lět (Tale of Bygone Years, covering the years 872–1117), Kievan Chronicle (for the years 1119–1199), and the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle (for the years 1205–1289)—were joined together. These three component parts have come down to us only in the form of a compilation (datable to ca. 1425) which scholars have named the Hypatian Chronicle.

Of the five extant witnesses of the Hypatian Chronicle, the so-called Xlebnikov codex occupies a special place. It was most probably copied in Volhynia during the second half of the sixteenth century for Prince Kostjantyn Ostroz’kyj.

The so-called Pogodin codex, closely related to the Xlebnikov, was copied in 1621 in Žyvotiv for Prince Stefan Svjatopolk-Cetvertyns’kyj.

Both the Ostroz’kyj and Cetvertyns’kyj codices appear here for the first time in facsimile. Until now they have been known only from footnotes to editions of the Hypatian Chronicle.

Author

  • Omeljan Pritsak is Mykhailo Hryshevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 761 pages
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
  • Introduction by Omeljan Pritsak

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