Mother of Rus' cities

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Mother of Rus' cities[1][2] (Ukrainian: Мати міст руських; Russian: Мать городов русских word by word : Mother of cities of Rus) — circumduction from ancient literature used to refer to Kiev — the capital of Kievan Rus' (now Ukraine). Linguist Dmitry Likhachov suggested the expression "mother of cities" is a calque from Greek "metropolis": Greek: μήτηρ + Greek: πόλις.[1]

Most known from the fragment of the article 882 in Primary Chronicle:[3]

In addition, the phrase occurs in a number of works, such as:[5]

  • «Word for the renovation of the Church of the Tithes»;
  • «Troparion to Saint Vladimir».

See also[edit]

  • Kievan Rus'


  1. Christian History Project. Society to Explore and Record Christian History. The Christians: their first two thousand years, 2002
  2. J. Christie, J. Bogdanović, E. Guzmán Political landscapes of capital cities, University Press of Colorado, 2016.
  3. "From the Laurentian manuscript".(in Ukrainian)
  4. Kiev, “Mother of the Cities of Rus”. Translation and Commentary by Frederick R. Patton, West Chester University
  5. Назаренко А. В. Была ли столица в Древней Руси? Некоторые сравнительно-исторические и терминологические наблюдения // Назаренко А. В. Древняя Русь и славяне.- С. 105 (in Russian)

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