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Icon and Empire: Rome, Byzantium, and the Emergence of “Holy Russia” LDF78
The Russian Orthodox Church, known for its gilded icons and onion domes, traces its origins to the tenth-century with the conversion of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to the Orthodox Christianity of the Byzantine Empire. Since then, Russian spirituality and politics—often difficult to disentangle—continue to reflect the enduring legacy of Byzantium, itself the cultural and imperial heir of ancient Rome. After decades of persecution under the Soviets in the twentieth century, the Russian Orthodox Church once again dominates the religious and political landscape of contemporary Russia. This lecture explores the origins and ongoing legacy of the historical concept of “Holy Russia,” particularly as represented in Byzantine and Russian art and architecture.
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