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


; 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


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 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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