I. East vs. West
A. Emerging differences in belief and religious practice: theology, ritual.
B. Politics, religious and secular.1. Claims over the locus of Empire.C. The cultural divide; its long-term consequences.
2. Hierarchy within the Church: the issue of Papal Primacy.
3. Relations between "Church" and "State," East and West: "Caesaropapism"?
4. Church and "state" in Rus and the relations with Byzantium.
II. Iconoclasm and its legacy in religious art.
III. The place of the written word.
A. The legacy of SS. Cyril and Methodius.
B. "Literary culture" in Kievan Rus before Christianity really begins to spread.1. Oral culture.C. The spread and limits of writing.a. The tales in the Chronicle.2. Written evidence: is there anything of substance before the 11th century?
b. Do byliny and fairy tales count?1. What we have.D. The problem of "intellectual silence."
2. What we might imagine: the dangers of arguments from silence.
3. Likelihood oral culture remains dominant.1. What does it take to stimulate "intellectual inquiry?"
2. Is the " problem" primarily in the minds of modern scholars?