Unit 7: Russia
The Cathedral of St. Sophia (Собор Святої Софії) in Kiev was begun in 1037 by
Grand Prince Iaroslav the Wise (978?-1054) to commemorate his victory
the Pechenegs and as a triumph of Christianity, which was rather new to Kievan Rus'. Kiev was the
center of early Russian civilization, and this cathedral was the
burial place of the Kievan rulers. The cathedral fell into
disrepair after the Mongol Invasion of 1240, but it was later
restored. It was almost again destroyed under the communist
regime in the 1930s.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- In a one-page paper (maybe two pages),
summarize the main issues of the Iconoclasm dispute that took place in the eighth
century, using such sources as
the Catholic Encyclopedia,
Decree of the Second Council of Nicea,
or any other sources you wish to use, for a maximum of 50 points. Please be sure to cite your sources.
- Read the
short version of the Russkaia pravda (the
earliest Russian law code) and write a one-page paper (Compare and contrast this
early Russian law code with
other law codes such as Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments,
etc.) for a maximum of 50 points.
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, read
Grand Prince Vladimir Monomakh's Instruction to His Children and write a paragraph in which you explain the Grand Prince's conception of the political state.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Procopius: The Plague, 542, from his History of the Wars, and write a paragraph in which you assess the
impact of the plague on Roman/Byzantine society. If you want a
lot of extra credit, you can do some research and compare this account
of the plague with accounts of the Black Death that struck Europe in
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points,
you can submit the answers to the Russian Primary Chronicle study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.