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The Pověst’ vremennykh lět

The Pověst’ vremennykh lět

An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis

Edited by Donald Ostrowski, David Birnbaum, and Horace G. Lunt

ISBN 9780916458911

Publication date: 01/15/2004

The Tale of Bygone Years (Pověst’ vremennykh lět) is the most important source for the history of early Rus’. Full of stories of grand princes and saints, monks, and knightly retinues, this chronicle compilation has been the bedrock of modern interpretations of the history, ethos, and religious traditions of Ukrainians, Russians, and Belarusians alike. It also has been a source of controversy, with competing redactions and interpretations of the Old East Slavic language in which it was written. This massive undertaking provides scholars and general readers with the first fully legible text that includes all of the known redactions of the Pověst’. The text consists of an intercollation of the five oldest redactions, three more modern redactions, three later interpolations, and Donald Ostrowski’s own final interpretation. The intercollated texts are nested line-by-line. This three-part set will be of fundamental importance to Slavic philologists and historians of early Rus’.


  • Donald Ostrowski is a lecturer at the Harvard Extension School.
  • David Birnbaum is Associate Professor and Chairman of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Horace G. Lunt is Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 2368 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute