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Author: Valery V. Lepakhin
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Valery V. Lepakhin, DSc in Philology, Professor of the Department of Russian Philology, University of Szeged, 6720 Szeged, Dugonics tér 13.

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Lepakhin, V.V. “Konon (Konstantin) Ugrin: Legend or History?” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 21. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 330–342. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-330-3 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-330-342
UDC: 821.161.1.0
Keywords: Ephraim of Novy Torg, Moses the Hungarian, George the Hungarian, Relation of Russia and Hungary in the 10–11th centuries, monasteries, early monasticism.
Date of publication: 16.12.2022


The article examines the data about the monk Konon-Konstantin, a Hungarian by origin. He died in 1015, but information about him appeared only at the end of the 19th century. On the basis of publications in Tver Diocesan Lournal, it can be argued that for centuries, legends about Konstantin Novotorzhsky, a monk or a blessed one, were kept on Tver land. In 1876, a book was published in St. Petersburg by I. Krasnitsky, a citizen of Tver, who collected traditions and legends of Tver land. Among them there is a small message about Constantine. Tverskoy Patericon was skeptical of this tradition. However, despite the later origin of legend, it should not be discarded, since it contains details that could not have been invented in the 19th century, however, these details shed light on some known data from old sources.


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