Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Tag: V. Rev. Dr. Mateja Matejic

Recent Acquisition: Mussolini-era Booklet on the Divine Liturgy, Greek Rite


A copy of the booklet, Modo di assistere alla Divina Liturgia celebrata in rito greco (Grottaferrata: Scuola tipografica Italo-Orientale “S. Nilo,” 1939), was donated in May to the Hilandar Research Library by Allen M. Johnson.

Photo of the front cover of the booklet on the Divine Liturgy, Greek Rite, published in Italy 1939Dr. Johnson studied Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard College under Samuel Hazzard Cross, when the “Slavic Department there was just the carrel Professor Cross had in Widener Library.” On the faculty were Tsarist Count Leonid Strakhovsky, Waclaw Lednicki, S. Znamenski and Francis J. Whitfield.

The book was  purchased in Rome during 1946-48 when Dr. Johnson was working as a reporter/sports editor for the Rome Daily American.

A longtime friend of the HRL and a supporter of the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship, Dr. Johnson first met Professor Mateja Matejic in the 1970s at a Slavic conference, when he was a graduate student at Tulane University.

Photo of the back cover of the booklet on the Divine Liturgy, Greek Rite, published in Italy, 1939Dr. Johnson received his doctorate in Russian History (Tulane University) with a dissertation entitled Moscow Dispatches, 1921-1934: the Writings of Walter Duranty, William Henry Chamberlin and Louis Fischer in Soviet Russia.








Introduction to ScriptoriaSlavica


Welcome to ScriptoriaSlavica, the blog of the Hilandar Research Library and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio. It is appropriate that this blog is launched on May 24th, the feast day (New Style) of SS. Cyril and Methodius, “Apostles to the Slavs” (or “Enlighteners of the Slavs”), as ScriptoriaSlavica is devoted to the study and preservation of medieval Slavic manuscripts and culture.

Color image of folio 155 recto from Hilandar Monastery's Slavic manuscript number 13, Gospels according to St. Luke from the third quarter of the fourteenth century

St. Luke, Gospels, third quarter of the 14th cent.


Besides addressing manuscript topics and noting relevant events, projects, ongoing research, lectures, publications, etc., ScriptoriaSlavica may also serve as a forum for specific requests for information concerning medieval Slavic manuscripts, Eastern Orthodox culture and history, and supports the study of comparative manuscripts traditions (Byzantine, Coptic, Western European, etc.).




Image Source: Hilandar Monastery Slavic Manuscript 13, f. 155r. Photograph by Mateja and Predrag Matejic, 1971