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  • adj. Of or associated with the city of Kiev, especially when referring to the medieval period (c 880–c 1150) when the city dominated the East Slavic lands which today are Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.
  • n. A resident of Kiev.


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From Kiev +‎ -an.


  • The city of Kiev was home of the Kievan Rus, Vikings who had made their way south along the rivers of Russia to build the great city.

    The Last Viking Warrior | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • In the twelfth century, the princes of Kievan Rus were integrated into the West through trade and marriage with the royal families of Europe.

    The Return

  • As such, he and his state could claim lineage with the Kievan state called Rus that had accepted Christianity in 988 and collapsed in the 13th century.

    Historical Battle Lines

  • But if the pressure weakens, out of an ill-advised effort to placate Moscow, Putin and his Kievan friends will be able to consummate their coup d'etat.


  • Sweeping into Kievan Rus 'on small, swift horses, firing arrows of bone that pierced Russian armor, the hordes pillaged, massacred, and enslaved the Slavic population to such an extent that most Kievan principalities were knocked out of the history books for 200 years.

    Russia Is Finished

  • The Kievan Russians believed that God had sent the hordes as punishment for their impiety — a belief endorsed by the Orthodox Church, which prospered under Mongol protection.

    Russia Is Finished

  • In 988 the principalities of Kievan Rus '(the predecessor of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus) accepted Christianity from the Byzantine Greeks, rather than from the Romans — a matter of no small import, given that Byzantium was moribund, its religion having suffocated the intellectual traditions of the Hellenes.

    Russia Is Finished

  • When the Eastern and Western Churches excommunicated each other and Christendom divided, in the Great Schism of 1054, the Kievan Russians found themselves religiously estranged from and in political opposition to Western Europe.

    Russia Is Finished

  • Education: Theodore Rtishchev established a monastery in Moscow to encourage Kievan monks to come and teach languages and rhetoric there.

    j. Russia

  • Kiev remained the capital of Kievan Russia, a loose federation of territories, until 1169.

    d. Kievan Russia


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