Byzantine Influence on Russia Through the Ages

Nonna Ryan

Abstract


The spread of Byzantine culture and its influence on regions beyond its immediate control was considerable and long lasting. From a Russian perspective, the most important legacy of the Byzantine Empire was its impact on the development of Russian society and culture, which followed the acceptance in the 1Oth century of the Orthodox religion by the ancestors of modern-day Russians. Through this impact Byzantine Christianity has had a profound and permanent effect on Russian civilisation.

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