Markiyan Shashkevych

Priest, Author

1811 – 1843


Who was Markiyan Shashkevych?

Markiyan Shashkevych was a priest of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, a poet, a translator, and the leader of the literary revival in Right Bank Ukraine.

In 1832, they organized a group of students aimed at the rise of the Ukrainian dialect free of Church Slavonic and alien 'styles' up to the literary language. He graduated from the Greek Catholic Theological Seminary at University of Lviv in 1838 and worked as a priest in the rural Lwow powiat. During his studies he met Yakiv Holovatsky and Ivan Vahylevych, with whom he formed the Ruthenian Triad.

He also organized nationally conscious Ukrainian young people to work for national and cultural revival in Western Ukrainian lands, particularly to reintroduce the use of spoken Ukrainian language in writing and sermons. The activities of the Shashkevych circle constituted not only a literary phenomenon, but a social and democratic movement. Its greatest achievement was the publication of an almanac entitled Rusalka Dnistrova, which was the first collection of Ukrainian literature to appear in Western Ukraine. The almanac had a decisive effect on the revival and development of Ukrainian literature in Galicia.

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Nov 6, 1811
Also known as
  • Шашкевич, Маркиан Семёнович
  • Austria-Hungary
  • Greek Catholic Theological Seminary
  • Lviv University
Lived in
  • Lviv
Jun 7, 1843
Nowosiółki, Podkarpackie Voivodeship

on July 23, 2013


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