Alesha Popovich

Alesha Popovich

 

A Russian epic hero, one of the heroes of the byliny.

Alesha Popovich’s possible prototype is the brave Aleksandr Popovich, of Rostov, who is mentioned in Russian chronicles of the 11th to 13th centuries. In some byliny Alesha Popovich is further characterized as a liar and a deceiver, a “mocker of women.” However, later additions did not obscure the nature of Alesha Popovich as a mighty epic hero who guarded Rus’ from external enemies.

REFERENCES

Propp, V. Ia. Russkii geroicheskii epos, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1958.
Likhachev, D. S. “Letopisnye izvestiia ob Aleksandre Popoviche.” In Tr. Otd. drevnerusskoi lit-ry AN SSSR, [vol.] 7. Moscow-Leningrad, 1949.
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Manchester curiously never mentions the prominent figure Alesha Popovich, the trickster hero of Russian epic tales [byliny], known for his cunning.