The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Exhibition in Cyprus: Leo Tolstoy. Life and Works

afishaSeptember 1-30, 2017

Russian Center of Science and Culture 
(Nicosia, the Republic of Cyprus)

This exhibition project of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum is focused on the history of creating the author‘s key works; it helps to see their connection to historic events and the life of Russian society, and also demonstrates the influence of the Greek language and culture on Tolstoy‘s work.

Leo Tolstoy got interested in Greece, Greek poetry and literature at a young age. Ancient art, Greek pedagogy, and Greek sages are mentioned in his articles written in different periods of his life: On Popular Education, Science and Art, Progress and the Definition of Education, and What Is Art?. He read The Iliad and The Odyssey, first in Russian, then in Greek; and along with Homer, he studied Xenophon and Herodotus, and translated the Gospels from Greek. Working on his ABC Book, Tolstoy referred to Aesop’s fables and studied them in Greek in their most ancient forms. His wife Sophia wrote about this passion of his: “He sits up days and nights. It’s clear that nothing interests him as much as any new Greek word he learns or a phrase he manages to understand.”

The exhibition shows copies of drafts of such works as War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and Sevastopol Stories; copies of objects, and photographs showing the process of the writer‘s long work. Visitors will also have the chance to see photos of Greek books from Leo Tolstoy‘s personal library, which will be exhibited for the first time: works by Philo of Alexandria (1613), a Greek dictionary, a reader, and The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. 

 
 
 
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