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Old Russian Online

Selected Annotated Bibliography

Todd B. Krause


The works below provide sources in which the reader may find additional Old Russian texts in the original language. For the most part these works have little or no commentary in English.


The following works provide useful references, and in some instances useful introductions, to the grammar of the Old Russian language. Unfortunately only one such source exists in English.


The search for a dictionary of Old Russian proves to be an ongoing struggle. The assumption underlying most, if not all, dictionaries is that one would only study Old Russian if one had first learned modern Russian. Where this assumption does not hold, one is assumed to be familiar with Latin and Greek. A viable dictionary of Old Russian with meanings in English is still wanting.

Linguistic History

The following texts are not grammars of Old Russian proper. Rather they provide overviews, some more and some less technical, of the development of the Russian language throughout history, or of the Slavic language family as a whole. Inasmuch as they treat of the earliest stages of the Russian language, or Common Slavic as a whole, they still prove useful in trying to understand Old Russian on its own terms.

History and Culture

The texts listed below treat not the language, but rather the broader historical context surrounding the development of the East Slavic tribes, as well as the cultures with which they interacted.

Historical Sources

The texts below contain primary sources pertinent to the understanding of the history and culture of the early East Slavs. Much of it comes in the form of personal travel accounts.

Indo-European Context

The following lists some sources useful for understanding the larger Indo-European framework in which the Slavic language family forms but one particular subgroup.


The following list provides references to some of the secondary literature consulted in the preparation of these lessons.