Anonymous Biography | Author of The Song of Igor's Campaign

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The author of The Song of Igor's Campaign is unknown. Scholars believe the epic was the work of one man, not the accumulated effort of many, but anything else said about the author is speculation. From the text it appears that the author was very familiar with military life, and it is possible that he took part in Igor's campaign. The anonymous author also knew about hunting, and had detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna of the prairies. He was learned in books and oral tradition and was well acquainted with the genealogies and histories of the Russian noble families. It is possible, then, that he may have been a court poet, or a close companion of a prince.

When The Song of Igor's Campaign was discovered in 1795, some suspected it might be a forgery. However, few question its authenticity today. Scholars point out that the Old...

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