Chapter Four. Rus' and the Byzantine Empire

  1. Abbott Gleason
  1. George Majeska Professor Emeritus

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308419.ch4

A Companion to Russian History

A Companion to Russian History

How to Cite

Majeska, G. (2009) Rus' and the Byzantine Empire, in A Companion to Russian History (ed A. Gleason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308419.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Keeney Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135603

Online ISBN: 9781444308419



  • Rus' and Byzantine Empire;
  • relations between Rus' and Byzantine Empire at Constantinople - not always friendly;
  • baptism of Rus';
  • baptism of Rus' contacts;
  • patriarch of Constantinople - head of Christian Church in Byzantine Empire;
  • acceptance of Byzantine Christianity in Rus' - bringing literacy to Russia;
  • Mongol rule period;
  • Byzantium and Russia after fall of Byzantine Empire


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Beginnings

  • The Baptism of Rus'

  • The Period of Mongol Rule

  • Byzantium and Russia after the Fall of the Byzantine Empire

  • Notes

  • References

  • Further Reading