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Russian Epic Poems: Bylini
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Bylini “Bylina”--an event from the past (from : that which “was”); also “stariny” or был “starinky”--stories from long ago Feature the adventures and battles of great warrior-knights: Bogatyrs Ilya Muromets Dobrynia Nikitich Alyosha Popovich
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Bylina What is an “epic”? Recorded since 17th century, in prose “Rediscovery” in mid-19th century Where did they come from? Skomorokhs Often very loosely historical
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Characteristics Feature heroes (bogatyrs) possessed of outstanding qualities Portray events (esp. battles) or exploits of “epic” proportion Pattern scenes Serial nature
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Cycles of Bylini Mythological Cycle Kievan Cycle Novgorodian Cycle
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The “Epic” Ilya Muromets Legend regarding his early life, before his service
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Unformatted text preview: to Prince Vladimir Defended Prince Vladimir in Kiev (10 th C.) Fought Batu Khan (13 th C.) Saved Tsar Constantine the God-Loving (15 th C.) Most experienced and respected of the bogatyrs; often a kind of mentor to the youngest bogatyr, Alyosha Popovich Alyosha Popovich Originally a retainer of the Prince of Rostov Legends about him do not appear until the 14th or 15th centuries Still, in the bylini he is a hero in Prince Vladimirs court Dobrynya Nikitich An historical figure, uncle of Prince Vladimir Protector and supporter of the prince; helped wage war against Kievs enemies Bylini Villains Solovey the Robber Tugarin Zmeevich Kalin Tsar...
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2010 for the course RUSS 2231 taught by Professor Ragland,ka during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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