Brief Biography: Little is known of the background of Daniel. He apparently served as Abbot or Prior in a Russian monastery in the early twelfth century. Daniel's reference to the river Snov, has led researchers to suppose that he came from the province of Tchernigov, in Little Russia, through which the Snov runs. He has also been identified with Daniel, the Bishop of Suriev who died September 9, 1122 A.D.; but this identification remains tenuous.
Brief Itinerary: Daniel traveled to Constantinople and from there went by sea to Jaffa putting in at Ephesus, Cyprus and other places along the way.
Brief History of the Text: At least seventy-five manuscript version of the diary survive,the earliest dating from 1475 A.D. Translations have been made in many languages. See introduction below.
- The Pilgrimage of the Russian Abbot Daniel in the Holy Land, 1106-1107 A.D., annotated by Sir C. W.Wislon (London, 1895)
- Maps of Itinerary
- Student Papers
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