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before christianity, there was ____

paganism

when did russia adopt christianity?

988AD

olga

the first female, christian, varangian ruler of Rus; travelled to constantinople and was baptized there, but her son didn't accept christianity so the country didn't adopt it

sviatoslav

olga's and igor's son who did not want to give up paganism

vladimir

olga's grandson; became christian and christianized Rus by force

the great 1054 schism

christianity split between the constantinople and rome churches; kiev went with constantinople to adopt eastern orthodoxy

olga's revenge

she pretended to be interested in marrying drevlian prince (group who killed igor) and then had emissaries sent to her buried alive, another group burnt alive, and another group slaughtered after getting them drunk at a feast

vladimir as a pagan

bastard child, cowardly, lustful, spiteful, violent

why didn't vladimir choose another religion?

didn't want to give up alcohol for islam, was offended by the arrogance of west christianity, thought the jewish god didn't really like them and actually punished them

vladimir's transformation

got rid of everything from his past life, including much of his wealth; married ana, developed charity foundations and organizations, "regained vision" after it had been lost earlier in life

where did the baptism of rus start/

kiev

where was vladimir baptized?

chersonesos

icon

a wooden representation of a saint or high religious figure

why are olga and vladimir often in icons together?

they were the first prince and princess sainted

the largest contemporary christian church of russia

russian orthodox

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