Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Category: Recent Acquisitions (page 1 of 4)

Women in the Royal Book of Degrees

A recent acquisition to the Hilandar Research Library’s holdings of secondary literature includes Set Me as a Seal upon Thy Heart: Constructions of Female Sanctity in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Period, edited by Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky (Budapest: Trivent Publishing, 2018). Of particular note for Slavicists is the first article by Rosie Finlinson (MSSI 2015), who examines royal women in the Muscovite dynastic structure of the Stepennaia kniga or ‘Royal Book of Degrees.’

Manuscript page of black ink cursive and red cinnabar headings of texts about Princess Olga. Brown water stain on upper right and lower left corners of the page.

The baptism of Princess Olga from a Stepennaia kniga, SPEC.OSU.HRL.SMS.18, f. 13r

Table of Contents

Gerhard Jaritz, Preface [Foreword], 1
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, Introduction, 3-4

Part I
Women (Re)constructed

Rosie Finlinson (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), “Bricks to Bones: Royal Women and the Construction of Holy Place in the Stepennaia Kniga,” 7-28
Andra Jugǎnaru (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), “Macrina and Melanie the Elder: Painting the Portraits of Holy Learned Women in the Fourth-Century Roman Empire,” 29-41
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Universität Salzburg), “The Apocyphal Geography of Virgin Mary in Hagiographic Collections: Dissemination and Liturgy,” 43-65

Part II
Power and Martyrdom

Francesco Calò (Università degli studi di Bari, Italy), “Devozione privata e ostentazione politica: Ruggero I il Gran Conte e la diffusione del culto di santa Lucia tra Sicilia e Meridione d’Italia,” 69-103
Cǎtǎlina-Tatiana Covaciu (“Babeş Bolyai” University, Romania), “Beyond a Hagiographic Cliché. On the Supernatural Sustenance of Saint Catherine of Siena,” 105-134
Silvia Marin Barutcieff (University of Bucharest, Romania), “Between Similarity and Distinction: Notes on the Iconography of Saint Wilgefortis in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods,” 135-156.

Manuscript page of black ink cursive and red cinnabar headings of texts about Princess Olga

About Princess Olga’s arrival in Constantinople, her baptism, and about Tsar John Tzimiskes [sic], from a Stepennaia kniga, SPEC.OSU.HRL.SMS.18, f. 12r

Transylvanian Review / Revue de Transylvanie

The OSU Libraries East European and Slavic Studies department recently received copies of the most recent six issues of Revue de TransylvanieTransylvanian Review, volumes 24.3-4 (2015) and  25 (2016), from the Biblioteca Centrală Universitară “Lucian Blaga” Cluj-Napoca. The journal is published by the Center for Transylvanian Studies of the Romanian Academy, and is indexed in the Web of Science Database.

The journal includes book reviews, essays, and articles on healthcare, history, literature linguistics, minorities, music (especially Jazz), religion, and other topics in the humanities and the social sciences ranging from medieval times to contemporary life. There are several articles that may be of interest specifically to ScriptoriaSlavica readers:

Simona Gabriela Bungău and Viorel-Cristian Popa, “Between Religion and Science: Some Aspects Concerning Illness and Healing in Antiquity,” Transylvanian Review 24.3 (Autumn 2015): 3-18.

Florian Dumitru Soporan and Liana Lăpădatu, “La révolution hussite et l’affirmation du voïvodat de Transylvanie dans le contexte de la croisade tardive: Tangences et spécificités,” Transylvanian Review 24.3 (Autumn 2015): 98-112.

Keywords: Hussite revolution, Voivodship of Transylvania, Late Crusade

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Books from the Czech Republic

Recently arrived in the Hilandar Research Library stacks are three books, courtesy of  Václav Čermák (Department of Medieval Slavonic and Byzantine Studies, Institute for Slavonic Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague). We greatly appreciate the addition of these volumes to our collection.

The Cyril and Methodius Mission and Europe: 1150 Years Since the Arrival of the Thessaloniki Brothers in Great Moravia, edited by Pavel Kouřil et al. (Brno, 2014). The work was funded by the Ministry of Culture NAKI project “Great Moravia and 1150 years of Christianity in Central Europe.”

The volume includes an introduction by Vladimir Vavřínek, with articles by Josef Žemlička, Herwig Wolfram, Ian Wood, David Kalhous, Zdeněk Měřínský, Lumír Poláček, Luděk Galuška, Christian Lübke, Jiří Macháček, Pavel Kouřil, Blanka Kavánová, Alexander T. Ruttkay, Milan Hanuliak, Karol Pieta, Ivana Boháčová, Nad’a Profantová, Krzysztof Jaworski, Jacek Poleski, Sergei Ivanov, Libor Jan, Maddalena Betti, Ivan Biliarsky, Ján Steinhübel, Petr Charvát, Khristo Trendafilov, Marija Yovcheva, Continue reading

Recent Acquisitions: Studia Ceranea, vols. 4 and 5

The Hilandar Research Library recently acquired five volumes of the journal Studia Ceranea from the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe at the University of Łódź, Poland. Below are the list of articles for volumes 5-6. See previous blog posting for the table of contents of vols. 1-3.

Series Ceranea, Vol. 2

We also received copies of volumes in Series Ceranea, e.g.,  Arystoksenos z Tarentu Harmonika by Anna Maciejewska (2015); and Palaea Historica: The Second Slavic Translation. Commentary and Text by Małgorzata Skowronek (2016).

Series Ceranea, Vol. 3

Studia Ceranea Vol. 5 (2015) includes articles and book reviews. The articles:

Ivan Biliarsky, “Marriage and Power (Images of Authority)” (9-32);

Zofia Brzozowska, “Wisdom Has Built Her House (Proverbs 9, 1‒6). The History of the Notion in Southern and Eastern Slavic Art in the 14th‒16th Centuries” (33-58);

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Recent Acquisitions: Studia Ceranea, vols. 1-3

The Hilandar Research Library recently acquired five volumes of the journal Studia Ceranea from the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe at the University of Łódź, Poland. Below are the list of articles for volumes 1-3.

Vol. 1 (2011) includes articles and book reviews. The articles:

Maciej Kokoszko, Katarzyna Gibel-Buszewska, “Kandaulos: the Testimony of Select Sources” (11-22);

Georgi Minczew, “John Chrysostom’s Tale on How Michael Vanquished Satanael—a Bogomil text?” (23-54);

Mirosław J. Leszka, “The Monk versus the Philosopher: From the History of the Bulgarian-Byzantine War 894-896” (55-70);

Elka Bakalova, “The Perfect Ruler in Art and Literature of Medieval Bulgaria” (71-86);

Małgorzata Skowronek, “The First Witnesses. Martha, Longius and Veronica in the Slavic Manuscript Tradition (Initial Observations)” (101-126);

Teresa Wolińska, “Constantinopolitan Charioteers and Their Supporters” (127-142)

Dimo Cheshmedjiev, “Notes on the Cult of the Fifteen Tiberioupolitan Martyrs in Medieval Bulgaria” (143-156);

Kirił Marinow, “In the Shackles of the Evil One: The Portrayal of Tsar Symeon I the Great (893-927) in the Oration ‘On the Treaty with the Bulgarians'” (157-190);

Anna-Maria Totomanova, “A Lost Byzantine Chronicle in Slavic Translation” (191-204);

Ivelin Ivanov, “Tsar Samuel Against Emperor Basil II: Why Did Bulgaria Lose the Battle with the Byzantine Empire at the Beginning of the 11th Century” (205-212).

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Festschrift to Anisava Miltenova

A recent festschrift in honor of Anisava Miltenova, Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences includes over forty articles on topics such as medieval Byzantino-Slavic culture, biblical apocrypha, female saints, Balkan saints, hagiographical texts, etc., all reflecting aspects of Professor Miltenova’s wide range of interests and scholarship.

Angusheva, Adelina, Margaret Dimitrova, Mariia Iovcheva, Maia Petrova-Taneva, and Diliana Radoslavova, comp. and eds. Vis et Sapientia: Studia in Honorem Anisavae Milteonva. Нови извори, интерпретации и подходи в медиевистиката / ‘Strength and Wisdom: Studies in Honor of Anisava Miltenova. New Sources, Interpretations and Approaches to Medieval Studies.’ Sofia: Boian Penev Academic Publishing House, 2016.

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Zlatostruj – a comparative study of Greek and Slavonic texts

Many thanks to Aneta Dimitrova (“St. Kliment Okhridski” Sofia University, Bulgaria) for sending us a copy of her latest publication on the Picture of the book cover : bright yellow with some images from medieval Slavic manuscripts on it - a bird perched on the dark blue rectangle where the author and title are provided in white letters; and a circle of two blue & yellow fish form a circle in the lower half of the front cover. Zlatostruj/Chrysorrhoas Collection in the translation activity of Old Bulgarian writers: Златоструят в преводаческата дейност на старобългарските книжовници (София: Авалон, 2016). The HRL/RCMSS provided copies of Hilandar Monastery’s Slavic Manuscripts 382 and 386, which are, of course, included in the study.

As noted in the English summary of Dimitrova’s monograph(450): “There are three appendices in the book. Appendix 1 is a list of examples for various approaches of translation …. Appendix 2 contains tables with the total number of correspondences for each type of the Greek syntactical constructions with a definite article. Appendix 3 consists of two glossaries – Slavonic-Greek with about 1430 words and Greek-Slavonic with more than 1280 words, selected in the course of the work.”

Recent acquisition on Monasticism – Spring 2017

A recent purchase, Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics edited by Ines Angeli Murzaku (Routledge, 2016), provides essays on various aspects of monasticism in Eastern-Central Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Republics.

Daniela Kalkandjieva addresses “Monasticism in Bulgaria”; Julia Verkholantsev discusses “Croatian monasticism and Glagolitic tradition: Glagolitic letters at home and abroad,” which complements her 2014 monograph The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: the History of the Legend and its Legacy, or, How the Translator of the Vulgate became an Apostle of the Slavs; Jelena Dzankic writes on “Religion and identity in Montenegro”; Graham Speake comments on “Mount Athos: relations between the Holy Mountain and Eastern Europe”; Radmila Radić on “Monasticism in Serbia in the modern period: development, influence, importance”; Antonio D’Alessandri tackles “Orthodox monasticism and the development of the modern Romanian state: from Dora d’Istria’s criticism (1855) to cyclical reevaluation of monastic spirituality in contemporary Romania”; the editor Murzaku composed “Between East and West: Albania’s monastic mosaic.”

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Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe

In 2016, Janek Wolski spent some time as a researcher at the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) (see CMH 39 [Dec. 2016]: 8) after attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan with Kirił Marinow. During his visit, Jan presented the HRL with a copy of a book he co-authored with Georgi Minczew and Małgorzata Skowronek on medieval dualistic heresies in the Balkans, published as the the first volume of Series Ceranea by the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe at the University of Łódź, Poland. Note that one of the collaborators on the book is Marek Majer (MSSI 2015)!

With contact established between the HRL and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS) at Ohio State, the Ceran Research Centre generously provided the HRL with copies of its most recent publications relevant to the mission of the HRL/RCMSS.

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Recent Acquisitions – Gift Books – April 2016

Gift books received in April 2016 include Реторика на историчното: Деяние на Св. Никола в южнославянски контекст by Diana Atanassova,

Book cover of paperback book, white/gray background with decorative edge along the top and viaz' along the outer lower half of the cover; image of St. Nicholas appearing in a dream to Emperor Constantine the Great from fresco in Grachanitsa Monastery.

Book cover image is from a fresco in Gračanica Monastery of St. Nicholas appearing in a dream to Constantine the Great.

and Кирило-Методиевски четения 2015: Юбилеен сборник edited by Anna-Maria Totomanova and Diana Atanassova (Department of Slavic Studies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”).










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