Anonymous, Slovo o polku Igoreve [Igor's Tale]

Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (The British Library)
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Slovo o polku Igoreve

[in this article abbreviated to

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; translated into English as:

The Tale of Igor's Campaign

;

The Song of Igor's Campaign

;

The Lay of Igor's Campaign

;

The Lay of the Host of Igor

;

Lay Of The Warfare Waged By Igor, Son Of Svyatoslav, Grandson Of Oleg

;

The Tale Of the Armament of Igor

] is an anonymous epic poem of about 3,000 words in length that describes the unsuccessful campaign of 1185 undertaken for ambitious reasons by Prince Igor of Novgorod-Seversky (Novgorod Siversky – nowadays is a small town in the Chernihiv region in Ukraine) against the Polovtsy (or Polovtsians; also known as Cumans or Kipchaks). The

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is not only the most famous work of medieval Eastern Slavonic literature, but after nearly two hundred years of study it also remains among the most…

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Citation: Rogatchevskaia, Ekaterina. "Slovo o polku Igoreve". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 December 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24338, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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