Course Information
TitleΡΩΣΙΚΗ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ (882-1613) / RUSSIAN HISTORY A (882-1613)
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004773

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The scope of the course is to get the students acquainted with the general picture but also with the special features distinguishing the medieval history of Russia and discuss political, social, economic and ideological developments which tοοκ place in this state during the Middle Ages.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines the development of the historic sources from the beginning of settlements of East Slavic tribes in Russia. The course will cover a broad range of thematic topics such as political, social and ecomonic situation in Russia. In particular, issues related to the relations between Russia and Byzantium and the rest European medieval world. It will be a discussion concerning the influenses of historical events on the modern history of Russia. Week #1 Byzantine, latin and arabic sources about Rus’. Povest vremennych let, the most important Slavic source for the History of Early Rus’. Week #2 The creation of Kievan Rus’. Russian-Byzantine Treaties of 911, 940, 971. Trade and transport. Week #3 Paganism and Slavic gods. The role of Princess Olga and Vladimir I in the Christianization of Russia. The political backround of the marriage of the Byzantine princess Anna with Vladimir I. Week #4 Jaroslav the Wise. The legal code of Kievan Rus’ “Russkaja Pravda” and “Seniorat”. Byzantine influence on Russia (architecture, painting, literature, nomenclature, etc.). Week #5 Vladimir Monomach and his social protection measures. Monasteries, churches and scriptorien in Russia. Week #6 Russian medieval states (Kiev, Smolensk, Polock, Rjazan’, Chernigov, Perejaslavl’, Galich-Volynia, Novgorod, Suzdal) from 1169 to 1240. Week #7 Mongol invasion (1223-1240). Alexander Nevski against Germans and Swedens. Excerpts (“Battle of the Ice”) from the film “Alexander Nevski” directed by Sergej Eisenstein. Week #8 The rise of Moscow. Dmitrij Donskoj (“Prince of Moscow” and “Grand Prince of Vladimir”). His victory against the Tatars in the Battle of Kulikovo and the consequences for the Russian state. Week #9 Ivan III the Great (“Grand Prince of All Russia”). His domestic and foreign policy. Week #10 Ivan the Terrible (“Grand Prince of Moscow” and “Tsar of All the Russias”). His military organization (Opricina etc.) and policy. Livonian war, the conquest of Siberia. The reign of Boris Godunov and the recognition of Patriarchate of Moscow (1589). Week #11 The “Time of Troubles” (1598-1613). Civil wars and foreign intervention (Poland and Lithuania). The rise of Romanovs. Week #12 Presentations. Week #13 Presentations. Summary and conclusions.
Russian history, Kiev, Moskau, christianisation of Rus, Novgorod, Byzantine-slavic relations
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Teaching is based on oral lectures and power point presentations.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Written assigments782.6
Student Assessment
Evaluation is based on written exams and optional writing up of short essays.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γ. Μαλιγκούδη, Ιστορία της Ρωσίας. Α΄ Η Ρωσία του Κιέβου 9ος αι. – 1240, Θεσσαλονίκη, Αφοι Κυριακίδη, 1999. Γ. Κατσόβσκα-Μαλιγκούδη, Η μεσαιωνική Ρωσία, Αθήνα, εκδ. Gutenberg, 2013. A. Avenarius, Ο βυζαντινός πολιτισμός και οι Σλάβοι. Το πρόβλημα της πρόσληψης και του μετασχηματισμού του (από τον 6ο έως και τον 12ο αιώνα), (μτφρ. Αγγελική Δεληκάρη), Αθήνα, εκδ. Δημ. Παπαδήμας, 2005.
Additional bibliography for study
Avenarius, A., «Metropolitan Ilarion on the Origin of Christianity in Rus’: The Problem of the Transformation of Byzantine Influence», στο: Proceedings of the International Congress Commemorating the Millenium of Christianity in Rus’-Ukraine, Harvard Ukrainian Studies 12-13 (1988-89) 689-701. Birnbaum, H., Lord Novgorod the Great. Essays in the History and Culture of a Medieval City-State. Part I, Columbus/Ohio 1981. Cambridge History of Russia: From Early Rus’ to 1689, vol. 1 of 3. Ed. Maureen Perrie. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Constantolos, D.J., «Greek precursor missions to Russia’s Conversion to Christianity», στο: A.-E. Tachiaos (εκδ.), The Legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Kiev and Moscow, Thessaloniki 1992, σς. 247-256. Christiansen, E., The Northern Crusades. New York: Penguin, 1997. Crummey, R. O., The Formation of Muscovy, 1304-1613. London, New York: Longman, 1987. Dimnik, M., The Dynasty of Chernigov, 1054-1146. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1994. ———. The Dynasty of Chernigov, 1146-1246. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Fennell, J.A.I., Ivan the Great of Moscow, London-New York 1961. Fennell, J.A.I., The Emergence of Moscow, 1304-1359, London 1968. Fennell, J.A.I., The Crisis of Medieval Russia 1200-1304, London-New York 1983. Goehrke, C., Frühzeit des Ostslaventums, Darmstadt 1992. Goetz, L.K., Das Kiewer Höhlenkloster als Kulturzentrum des vormongolischen Russlands, Passau 1904. Halperin, Ch. J., Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1987. Henricus Lettus. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia. Translated by James A. Brundage, Records of Western Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. Herrmann, J. (επιμ.), Wikinger und Slaven, Berlin 1982. Kaiser, Daniel H. The Growth of the Law in Medieval Russia. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1980. Lazarev, V.M., Vizantijskoe i drevnerusskoe isskustvo, Moskva 1978. Lichačev, G.G., “The type and character of the Byzantine Influence on Old Russian Literature”, Oxford Slavonic Papers 13 (1967) 14-32. Litavrin, G.G., “Putešestvie russkoj knjagini Olgi v Konstantinopel, Vizantijskij Vremennik 42 (1981) 35-48. Malingoudi, J., Die russisch-byzantinischen Verträge des 10. Jhds aus diplomatischer Sicht, Thessaloniki 1994. Μαλιγκούδη,Γ., Ιστορία της Ρωσίας. Β΄ Το κράτος της Μόσχας (1240-1613) [Βιβλιοθήκη Σλαβικών Μελετών 7], Θεσσαλονίκη 1996. Martin, J., Medieval Russia 980-1584. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Medieval Russia’s Epics, Chronicles, and Tales, Ed. and transl. Serge Zenkovsky. New York: Penguin, 1974. Μέγεντορφ, I., Βυζάντιο και Ρωσία. Μελέτη των βυζαντινο-ρωσικών σχέσεων κατά τον 14ο αιώνα, Αθήνα 1988. Müller, L., Die Taufe Russlands: Die Frügeschichte des russischen Christentums bis zum Jahre 988, München 1987. Nazarenko, A. V.. Drevniaia Rus' na mezhdunarodnykh putiakh: Mezhdistsiplinarnye ocherki kul’turnykh, torgovykh, politicheskikh sviazei IX-XII vekov. Moscow: Iazyki russkoi kul'tury, 2001. Ostrowski, Donald G. Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Podskalsky, G., Christentum und theologische Literatur in der Kiever Rus’ (988-1237), München 1982. Raffensperger, Christian. Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World, 988-1146, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. The Russian Primary Chronicle. Ed. Samuel Hazzard Cross and Olgerd P. Sherbowitz-Wetzor, Cambridge, Mass.: The Mediaeval Academy of America, 1953. Shepard, Jonathan, and Simon Franklin. The Emergence of Rus 750-1200, New York: Longman, 1996. Stöckl, G., “Russiche Geschichte von der Entstehung des Kiever Reiches bis zum Ende der Wirren (862-1613). Ein Literaturbericht”, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 6 (1958) 201-254 και 468-488. Ταχιάος, Α.-Αι., Βυζάντιο, Σλάβοι, Άγιον Όρος. Αναδρομή σε αμοιβαίες σχέσεις και επιδράσεις, Θεσσαλονίκη 2006. Weiers, M. (επιμ.), Die Mongolen. Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte und Kultur, Darmstadt 1986.
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