Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Category: Found in the Archives

References to 1983 Articles on Medicinal Texts and Herbaria

In volume 9 (June 1984) of Polata knigopisnaia: an Information Bulletin Devoted to the Study of Early Slavic Books, Texts and Literatures, there is the feature , “ОБЬЩЕѤ ЖИТИѤ” [Ob’shtee zhitie], which provides a list of ongoing projects and recent publications of scholars in the field of Early Slavic studies. Dr. Nikolai Predov, “a psychiatrist and an active member of the Naučno družestvo po istorija i teorija na naukata, which, since 1982, publishes Sbornik ot naučni trudove i material i po istorija i teorija na naukata i tehnikata,” reports on several articles in the second volume (Sofia, 1983), which would be of interest to Polata knigopisnaia readers.

S.A. Vardaian, “Opyt armianskoi narodnoi mediciny v srednevekovnykh lechebnikakh X-XV vv.,” 167-179. ‘The practice of Armenian folk medicine in medieval manuals of folk remedies in the 10th-15th centuries.’

V. Vasilev, “Herbariiat na Psevdo-Apulei,” 188-203. ‘The Herbaria of Pseudo-Apuleius.’

N. Predov, M. Apostolov, “Novoto v bŭlgarskata manastirska psikhiatriia prez Srednovekovieto i neinata priemstvena vrŭzka s drevnata psikhiatrichna praktika,” 213-231. ‘Innovation in Bulgarian monastic psychiatry during the Middle Ages and its successful connection with ancient psychiatric practice.’

I. Galčev, “Bŭlgari v Dubrovnik prez srednite vekove. Nikola Bulgar – knizovnik, lekar i diplomat,” 232-246. ‘Bulgarians in Dubrovnik during the middle ages. Nikola Bulgar – scribe, doctor and diplomat.’

1814 Description of Hilandar Monastery


Among the unique items in the reference collection of the Hilandar Research Library is a copy of Kirill Mikhailovich’s brief description of Hilandar Monastery, published in Budim, 1814.

Photograph of the title page of the pamphlet

Bogdanović, Djurić, and Medaković (1997: 198), in a discussion of visitors to Hilandar Monastery in the 18th century, mention that in addition to “devout pilgrims,” there were also “travellers for scholarly purposes, particularly those curious about its collection of manuscripts. One such was the Russian Vasily Barsky, who stayed at Chilandar twice, in 1725 and 1744.” During his latter visit, Barsky “wrote a detailed description of Chilandar and its antiquities.”

The authors continue with the note that “Based on the results of Vasily Barsky’s works, a small book was published in Budapest in 1814 under the title Kratkoe opisanije svjatija i preslavnija Lavri carskija Hilandara (A Short Description of the Holy and Famous Imperial Monastery of Chilandar), which was virtually a copy of Barsky’s writings made by the monk Kirilo (Cyril) Mihailovich ‘for Serbs and Bulgars’. This was how Chilandar got its first monograph, similar to the already existing descriptions of Serbian monasteries intended for pilgrims and an educated public.”

Source: Bogdanović, Dimitrije, Vojislav J. Djurić, Dejan Medaković. Chilandar. 2nd edition. [Belgrade]: Jugoslav Revija, [Sveta Gora monastery of Chilandar], 1997.


Found in the Archives: Newsletter of the Hilandar Project


Among the archives of the Hilandar Research Library and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies are copies of a newsletter that was published sporadically from 1979-1986. The inaugural issue of the “Newsletter of the Hilandar Project at The Ohio State University” was edited by Charles E. Gribble, now professor emeritus of the OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Issue number 1 appeared in January 1979 with the following stated purpose:image of the first page of the newsletter - a densely typed 8.5 x 11 inch page

“This is the first issue of a new publication designed to keep both scholars and the general public informed of the work going on in the Hilandar Project at The Ohio State University…. We will try to provide a running bibliography of publications, both books and articles, which treat materials contained in the Hilandar Collection, or which touch on related topics.”

The issue includes a description of the formal dedication of the Hilandar Room in the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on December 2, 1978, and reproduces the remarks made on that occasion by Father Mitrofan of Hilandar Monastery, Riccardo P. Picchio (Yale University), Richard Pope (York University, Toronto), and Dr. Predrag Matejic. The speech that Father Mitrofan gave at the banquet that evening is also included in this issue.

Issues No. 2 (Oct. 1979) and No. 3 (Aug. 1980) were also edited by Charles E. Gribble.