Traditional and individual in ancient literature: Bible quote-topos in the Tale of Boris and Gleb



The problem of this article is considered by the relation of topic, which is dictated by tradition and individual beginning in ancient hagiography. This problem is also guided by the canon, on the principles of "aesthetic identity." As an example, the quote from the Gospel of Matthew (5: 14-15) is a hagiographical topos, which is analyzed. It is shown that the originality of the text lies in its variation. Obviously, a such variation is typical for topics in ancient hagiography, as in traditionalist literature in general.

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Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Ranchin A.M. Traditional and individual in ancient literature: Bible quote-topos in the Tale of Boris and Gleb [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2015. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 38–46. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2015020305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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A. M. Ranchin, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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