Vаrаbyou, Pavel Anatolievich. The image of Byzantium in the narratives of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (15th – first half of the 17th century)

Published Date:

For citation: Vаrаbyou, Pavel Anatolievich. The image of Byzantium in the narratives of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (15th – first half of the 17th century), in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2022. № 1. Pp. 117-132. DOI https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2022.107

Title of the article The image of Byzantium in the narratives of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (15th – first half of the 17th century)
Authors

Vаrаbyou, Pavel Anatolievich ― postgraduate student, National Institute for Higher Education,
Minsk, Belarus, Orc ID 0000-0003-0340-8530, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the section  Disputatio / Discussion
Year 2022 Issue 1 Pages 117-132
Type of article RAR Index UDK; BBK UDK 94(476); BBK 63.3(4)  Index DOI  https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2022.107
Abstract The article is devoted to the perception of the heritage of Byzantium in the socio-political thought of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the period from 1453 to the middle of the 17th century. Already in the second half of the 17th century, the Left-Bank Ukraine left the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Metropolitanate of Kyiv withdrew from the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The process of influence of the Byzantine civilization on the East Slavic culture after the fall of the Byzantine Empire is investigated. According to the findings, in the process of discussing the Union of Brest in the written tradition of the GDL and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Orthodox, Uniate, Catholic and Reformation narratives developed, in which the image of Byzantium had different shades: from positive to extremely negative, respectively. However, these narratives, which well complement the rather meager information about Byzantium in local letopis sources, are similar in one thing: they tend to see in it not the imperial past, but the current church heritage of the Greek people, which had a significant impact on the historical fate of the lands of Rus’. For the Polish-Lithuanian szlachta as an estate, the heritage of Byzantium was not a source of their own identity. Attempts to update the political idea of the liberation of Constantinople from the rule of the Turks came from the environment of the Greek diaspora of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. However, such projects were not approved here and were cut off from life. And even a major Orthodox magnate, Prince Wasyl-Konstanty Ostrogski, did not support, albeit difficult to implement, but a more realistic project to transfer the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople to the city of Ostrog. He also did not claim political succession from the Byzantine emperors, but did not interfere with the idea of his spiritual succession. The article pays more attention to the writings of Orthodox polemicists, because the heritage of Byzantium is very important and deserves special attention.
Keywords the heritage of Byzantium, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the Metropolitanate of Kyiv, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Greek diaspora, the religious polemics
Full text version of the article Article language  Russain
Bibliography

Apanovich, Kristina Olegovna. Pravoslavie v Rechi Pospolitoy i Osmanskoy imperii v kontse XVI – pervoy treti XVII v. [Orthodoxy in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire at the end of the 16th – the first third of the 17th centuries], in Khristianskoe chtenie. 2015. No. 6. Pp. 59–74. (in Russian).

Chentsova, Vera Georgievna. Danil Kaluger / Daniil Grek / Daniil Oliveberg: Neizvestnye stranitsy biografii politicheskogo agenta epokhi Bogdana Khmel’nitskogo [Danil Kaluger / Daniil the Greek / Daniil Oliveberg: Unknown pages of the biography of the political agent of the era of Bohdan Khmelnitsky], in Srednevekovaya lichnost’ v pis’mennykh i arkheologicheskikh istochnikakh: Moskovskaya Rus’, Rossiyskaya Imperiya i ikh sosedi. Moscow, 2016. Pp. 215–219. (in Russian).

Dmitriev, Mikhail Vladimirovich. «Vizantiyskaya» tema v vostochnoslavyanskoy reformatsionnoy mysli vtoroy poloviny XVI v. [«Byzantine» theme in the East Slavic reformational thought of the second half of the 16th century], in Vizantiya. Sredizemnomorye. Slavyanskiy mir. Moscow: Moscow State University Press, 1991. Pp. 141–154. (in Russian).

Dzyarnovich, Oleg Ivanovich; Byrledyanu, Virzhiliu; Timoshenko, Leonid Vladimirovich. Sny o Vizantii? Mesto tsivilizatsionnogo i kul’turnogo naslediya Vizantii v regione Pogranichya Tsentral’no-Vostochnoy Evropy [Dreams about Byzantium? Place of civilization and cultural heritage of Byzantium in the region of Central and Eastern Europe border zone]. Vilnius: European Humanities University Press, 2014. 332 p. (in Russian).

Gudziak, Borys Andrіy. Kryza і reforma: Kyivs’ka mytropolіya, Tsargorod’skiy patrіarkhat і geneza Beresteys’koy unіi [Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest]. Lviv: Institute of Church History of the Lviv Theological Academy Press, 2000. 426 p. (in Ukrainian).

Kralyuk, Petro Mikhaylovich. Meletіy Smotritskiy і ukrainske dukhovno-kulturne vіdorodzhennya kіntsya XVI – pochatku XVII st. [Melety Smotrytsky and Ukrainian spiritual and cultural revival of the late 16th – early 17th centuries]. Ostrog: National University «Ostrog Academy» Press, 2007. 208 p. (in Ukrainian).

Levshun, Lyubov Viktorovna. «Russkaya ideya» v epistolyarnom nasledii knyazya Vasiliya-Konstantina Ostrozhskogo [«Russian idea» in the epistolary heritage of Prince Wasyl-Konstanty Ostrogski], in Studia Historica Europae Orientalis. 2020. Issue 13. Pp. 97–116. (in Russian).

Lilo, Іgor Mikolayovich. Greky na teritorіi Rus’kogo voyevodstva u XV–XVIII st. [Greeks in the Territory of the Ruthenian Voivodeship in the 15th–18th centuries]. Lviv: Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Press, 2019. 384 p. (in Ukrainian).

Lugovtsova, Svetlana Leonidovna. Otsenka lichnosti i deyatel’nosti knyazya Vasiliya (Konstantina) Ostrozhskogo v ukrainskoy istoriografii [Evaluation of the personality and activities of Prince Wasyl (Konstanty) Ostrogski in Ukrainian historiography], in Krynіtsaznavstva, arkheagrafіya, arkhіvaznavstva v XX–XXI st. u Belarusі. Minsk: Belarusian State University Press, 2007. Pp. 114–120. (in Russian).

Martynyuk, Aleksey Viktorovich. Drevnyaya Rus’ posle Drevney Rusi: K teoreticheskoy postanovke prob­lemy [Old Rus’ after the Old Rus’: To the theoretical formulation of the problem], in Drevnyaya Rus’ posle Drevney Rusi: Diskurs vostochnoslavyanskogo ne(edinstva). Moscow: Russian Political Encyclopedia Publ., 2017. Pp. 29–37. (in Russian).

Martynyuk, Aleksey Viktorovich. Istoriya srednevekovoy Rusi: Ot politicheskoy instrumentalizatsii i kon­servatizma akademicheskoy traditsii k aksiologicheskomu ponimaniyu [The history of Medieval Rus’: From political instrumentalization and conservatism of the academic tradition to axiological comprehension], in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 25–38. (in Russian).

Martynyuk, Aleksey Viktorovich. «Velikiy raskol» vostochnoslavyanskoy medievistiki: Sem’ tezisov k diskussii [«The Great Schism» of Eastern Slavic Medieval Studies: Seven Theses for Discussion], in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 146–153. (in Russian).

Nemenskiy, Oleg Borisovich. Osobennosti etnicheskoy samoidentifikatsii Meletiya Smotritskogo [Features of the ethnic self-identification of Melety Smotritsky], in Lev Sapega (1557–1633 gg.) i yago chas. Grodno: Grodno State University Press, 2007. Pp. 304–309. (in Russian).

Nemenskiy, Oleg Borisovich. Rus’ i Konstantinopol’ v zapadnorusskoy polemicheskoy literature posle Brestskoy tserkovnoy unii 1596 g. [Rus’ and Constantinople in Western-Rus’ Polemica Literature after the Union of Brest (1596)], in Vestnik Moskovskogo universiteta. Series 8. History. 2010. No. 5. Pp. 14–23. (in Russian).

Ševčenko, Ihor. Byzantium and the Slavs, in Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 1984. Vol. 8. No. 3/4. Pp. 289–303.

Shustova, Yuliya Eduardovna. Dokumenty L’vovskogo Uspenskogo Stavropigiyskogo bratstva (1586–1788): Istochnikovedcheskoe issledovanie [Documents of the Lviv Assumption Stavropigian Brotherhood (1586–1788): Source Study]. Moscow: Rukopisnye pamyatniki Drevney Rusi Publ., 2009. 648 p. (in Russian).

Silova, Svetlana Vladimirovna. Vliyanie Vizantii na kul’turnoe razvitie i obraz zhizni gorozhan VKL (XIV– XVI vv.) [The influence of Byzantium on the cultural development and life style of the citizens of the GDL (14th–16th centuries)], in Garady Belarusі v kantekstse palіtykі, ekanomіkі, kul’tury. Grodno: Grodno State University Press, 2007. Pp. 245–250. (in Russian).

Silova, Svetlana Vladimirovna. Vliyanie vizantiyskoy yuzhnoslavyanskoy pravoslavnoy kul’turnoy traditsii i istoriografii na protsess formirovaniya istoricheskogo soznaniya belorusskogo obshchestva v XIV–XV vv. [The influence of the Byzantine South Slavic Orthodox cultural tradition and historiography on the formation of the historical consciousness of the Belarusian society in the 14th–15th centuries], in Khrystsіyanstva v gіstarychnym lyose belaruskaga naroda. Grodno: Grodno State University Press, 2008. Pp. 65–73. (in Russian).

Smalyakov, Dzmіtriy Anatolyevіch. Satsyyal’na-fіlasofskіya poglyady relіgіynykh palemіstav u Belarusі kantsa XVI – syaredzіny XVII stagoddzya [Social-philosophical views of religious polemicists in Belarus of the end of the 16th – mid of the 17th century]. Mіnsk: Belaruskaya navuka Publ., 2020. 197 p. (in Belarusian).

Stanios-Korycka, Ewelina. Zrozumieć Bizancjum [Understand Byzantium], in Res Historica. 2016. Vol. 41. Pp. 267–276. (in Polish).

Statakopulos, Dionisiy. Kratkaya istoriya: Vizantiyskaya imperiya [A Short History of the Byzantine Empire]. Moscow: KoLibri Publ.; Azbuka-Attikus Publ., 2020. 320 p. (in Russian).

Thomson, Francis. Meletiy Smotritskiy i uniya s Rimom: religioznaya dilemma v Rutenii XVII veka [Meletius Smotritsky and union with Rome: The religious dilemma in seventeenth-century Ruthenia], in 400 let Brestskoy tserkovnoy unii 1596–1996, kriticheskaya pereotsenka: Sbornik materialov Mezhdunarodnogo simpoziuma. Neymegen, Gollandiya. Moscow: The biblical and theological institute of the holy apostle Andrew Press, 1998. Pp. 177–218. (in Russian).

Ulyanovskiy, Vasil Іrinarkhovich. Knyaz’ Vasil-Kostyantin Ostrozkiy: Istorichniy portret u galerei predkіv ta nashchadkіv [Prince Wasyl-Konstanty Ostrogski: A historical portrait in the gallery of ancestors and descendants]. Kyiv: «Prostіr» Publ., 2012. 1370 p. (in Ukrainian).

Veremeev, Sergey Fedorovich. Ipatiy Potey ― khristianin, senator, episkop: Mezhdu Vostokom i Rimom [Hypatius Pociej ― Christian, Senator, Bishop: Between East and Rome], in Paleorosiya. Drevnyaya Rus’: Vo vremeni, v lichnostyakh, v ideyakh. 2021. No. 1. Pp. 52–73. (in Russian).

Voronin, Vasiliy Alekseevich. K probleme vzaimootnosheniy pravoslavnykh i katolikov v Velikom knyazhestve Litovskom v kontse XIV – seredine XVI v. [On the problem of relations between the Orthodox and the Catholics in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the end of the 14th to the middle of the 16th centuries], in Istoricheskiy vestnik. 2014. Vol. 7. No. 154. Pp. 136–159. (in Russian).

Tags: historiography, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, diaspora, Vizantium cultural influence, medieval studies, Byzantium, Byzantine studies, DISPUTATIO / DISCUSSION, medieval Russian culture, cultural studies

  • Hits: 36