Lectures Archive

Moscow I

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

In the 12th century, Moscow barely made a mark on the maps as a fortified outpost. By the 15th century, it had become a world power. In less than 200 years, a non-entity established itself not just a significant political center, first of a principality, then of a country, but even as the focus of […]

The Song of Igor’s Campaign

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

The history of the text as we know it begins in the 18th century under the reign of Catherine the Great. It seems even then we didn’t have an original, but only an error-filled copy. It was hidden among other documents purchased from a monastery, and since its appearance it has generated a good amount […]

Kiev and Novgorod

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

In the beginning, they were two great cities with much in common. Two Slavic centers of trade and power, with similar social and administrative structures, one in the south, and one in the north. Both were ruled by public opinion expressed in a public meeting of free males, businessmen, landowners, and other important citizens. These […]