Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Category: Research Projects

Incipitaria Project: Drafts of the Contents of Hilandar Miscellanies

Over the years the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic (RCMSS) have engaged in various research projects related both to the HRL materials and to the use of these materials. One such project are the Incipitaria or listings of the titles, incipits, and explicits of the various texts contained in the miscellanies (sborniki) found in the Hilandar Monastery Slavic manuscript collection from the 14th-15th centuries.

This project was one of the recommendations made by working groups that met during the First International Hilandar Conference held in Columbus, Ohio, 1981. A number of RCMSS graduate research associates (GRAs) have worked on this project; drafts of these works are available on our HRL website.

HM.SMS.388 and HM.SMS.389 are two fourteenth-century miscellanies of sermons that form a set of panegyrical triodia.




Conference on Stanislav’s Reading Menologion: May 21, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria



A conference will be held at the University of Sofia on May 21st on the topic of the Stanislav Reading Menologion. The day-long conference, which is a part of the project “Reconstruction of the Preslav Hagiographical Collections: the Study and Publication of the Stanislav Reading Menologion” (see description of project below),* aims to bring together scholars from different areas of Palaeoslavic studies who have research experience with manuscript No. 1039, preserved in the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria in Sofia.

Discussion topics include:

  • History of the manuscript
  • Characteristics of the codex
  • Codicological, paleographic, linguistic, textological features
  • Translation and adaptation of original Byzantine hagiographical texts in a South Slavic context
  • Digital resources, providing access to medieval Slavonic texts and codices.


Първо заседание/ Session 1 (9:00 – 11:00)

Проф. дфн Боряна Христова (НБКМ, София) Думи за ръкопис № 1039 (Станиславов чети-миней) от НБКМ / Words about Ms. 1039 (Stanislavs Menologion) from the National Library in Sofia

Проф. д-р Климентина Иванова (СУ, КМНЦ, София) Представянето на староизводните чети-минеи в Bibliotheca Hagiographica BalcanoSlavica (BHBS) и проблемите, които остават нерешени/The Place of the Old Redaction Menologia in Bibliotheca Hagiographica BalcanoSlavica (BHBS): Cases Unsolved

Проф. чл. кор. Иван Добрев (София) Лексикални особености в ръкопис № 1039 (Станиславов чети-миней) /Lexical Characteristics of Ms. 1039 (Stanislavs Menologion)

Проф. дфн Боряна Велчева (София) За показателните местоимения в ръкопис № 1039/About the Demonstrative Pronouns in Ms. 1039

Дискусия /Discussion

Кафе пауза /Coffee Break

Второ заседание/ Session 2 (11:10 – 13:00)

Д-р Явор Милтенов (ИБЕ, БАН, София) Бележки върху състава и историята на НБКМ 1039/Notes On the Content and History of Ms.1039 from the National Library in Sofia

Д-р Диана Атанасова (СУ, София) Станиславовият чети-миней и институционализираното четене (особености на състава и ролята на Устава)/ Stanislav’s Menologion and the Institutionalized Reading (Content Characteristics and Role of the Typicon)

Д-р Анета Димитрова (СУ, София) Йоан Златоуст в ръкопис № 1039 от НБКМ/ St. John Chrysostom in Ms. 1039 from the National Library in Sofia

Проф. дфн Искра Христова-Шомова (СУ, София) Съставът на ранните славянски празнични минеи в съпоставка със състава на ранните чети-сборници/Comparative Study of the Contents of the Early Festal Menaia and of the Early Reading Miscellanies

Дискусия /Discussion

Обедна почивка/ Lunch Break

Трето заседание/ Session 3 (14:00 – 15:30)

Доц. д-р Андрей Бояджиев (СУ, София) Палеографски и езикови наблюдения върху ръкописис № 1039 от НБКМ/Paleographic and Language Observations on Ms. 1039 from National Library in Sofia

Докт. Цветомира Данова (КМНЦ, София) Слово за Въздвижение на кръста от св. Андрей Критски по ръкопис НБКМ 1039 /The Homily on the Elevation of the Cross by St. Andrew of Crete in Ms. 1039 from the National Library in Sofia  

Д-р Мая Петрова-Танева (ИЛ, БАН, София) Житието на Ефросина Александрийска в Станиславовия чети-миней (НБКМ 1039) от XIV в./The Life of St Euphrosyne of Alexandria in the Stanislavs Menologion (Ms. 1039) from the Fourteenth Century

Prof. Dieter Stern (Universiteit Gent, Belgium) Deviations from Literalism: Remarks on the Slavic Translation of the Greek Life of Abraham of Qidun /Отклонения от буквализма: коментар върху славянския превод на гръцкото Житие на преподобния Аврамий

Дискусия /Discussion

Кафе пауза /Coffee Break

Четвърто заседание/ Session 4 (15:40 – 18:00)

Dr. Małgorzata Skowronek (Uniwersytet Łódzki) Култът към св. Архангели и други безплътни сили в Станиславовия чети-миней/ The Cult of St. Archangels and Other Bodiless Powers in Stanislav’s Menologion

Д-р Любка Ненова (ЮЗУ, Благоевград) Някои езикови особености в Житието на св. Йоан Милостиви от ръкопис НБКМ 1039/ Some Linguistic Characteristics of the Life of St. John the Merciful in Мs. 1039 from the National Library in Sofia

Dr. Lara Sels (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/ Universiteit Gent, Belgium) Prof. David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh, USA) Editing the Bdinski Sbornik as a Multilayered Reality/ За издаването на Бдинския сборник като многопластова реалност  

Проф. дфн Анна-Мария Тотоманова (СУ, София) Електронни инструменти за обработка на средновековни славянски текстове/ е-Tools for Processing Medieval Slavic Texts

Д-р Диана Атанасова (СУ, София), докт. Козма Поповски (КМНЦ, София) Представяне на сайта Hagioslavica/ Presentation of the Website Hagioslavica

Дискусия /Discussion

Закриване на конференцията/ Closing of the Conference

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Конференцията е във връзка с изследователски проект „Реконструкция на преславските агиографски сборници: издание и изследване на Станиславовия чети-миней” (ДМУ 03/19), финансиран от Фонд „Научни изследвания” към МОНМ.
*Reconstruction of the Preslav Hagiographical Collections: Study and Publication of the Stanislav’s Menologion” is the title of a project developed by a team of young Bulgarian medievalists. Its principal task is the preparation and publication (both digital and traditional) and research of Stanislav’s Menologion (better known as manuscript No. 1039 from the National Library in Sofia). It is one of the most valuable medieval Slavic manuscripts, preserved in the “St. St. Cyril and Methodius“ National Library. Stanislav’s Menologion is significant because, although it is a 14th-century copy, it preserves a number of archaic texts that allow us to reconstruct faithfully the original contents of menologia that were compiled and translated during the Golden Age of medieval Bulgarian literature and culture.

Source: Email  from Diana Atanassova.


Online Resource: Apophthegmata patrum


Raffaele Caldarelli (Viterbo) has posted the full text of his 1996 edition of the Alphabetic part (CPG 5560) of the Alphabetico–Anonymous Collection of Apophthegmata patrum (based on the South Slavic witnesses available) at the site <>. It can be downloaded in .pdf format.

“The work presents the Old Church Slavonic text of the Alphabetic Paterìk (Lives of the Desert Fathers) according to Serbian and Bulgarian manuscripts, paralleled by the original Greek text.” The edition is based primarily on the manuscripts Gil’ferding 50* ( Serbian, from the mid 14th cent.) and Synodal (Patriarchal) Collection 345 (342)** (Greek, 11th cent.).

Caldarelli also examined several manuscripts from Hilandar Monastery’s Slavic collection, HM.SMS.421 and HM.SMS.428.

For additional information on the Apophtegmata patrum tradition, see the recent article, “The Scete Paterikon,” by W.R. Veder in Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage 32.

*National Library of Russia “Saltykov-Shchedrin,” St. Petersburg
**State Historical Museum (GIM), Moscow

Source: Announcement courtesy of William R. Veder.


Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage 32 (December 2012)


The most recent issue of Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage, the biannual newsletter of the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), is now available. Individuals and institutions on the mailing list in the Western Hemisphere have reported receipt of CMH 32 in the mail this week. Colleagues further abroad should be receiving the newsletter in the next couple of weeks.

Note: If you would like to receive a copy of CMH, please send your mailing address to If you have missed receiving issues of the HRL/RCMSS newsletter, please send us your current address.

Image of the front page of issue 32 of the newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage

CMH vol. 32 (Dec. 2012)

Volume 32 (December 2012) includes an account by the HRL curator, Predrag Matejic, of his fall trip to Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as a summary of the research visit of Tatiana G. Popova (Severodvinsk, Russia), who spent several months at OSU this summer examining HRL resources on The Ladder of Divine Ascent of John Sinaites. Also featured is an article on the Scete Paterikon by William R. Veder.

Additional information about the 6th International Hilandar Conference (July 19-21, 2013) is also included in this issue of CMH, namely, that Mirjana Živojinović will present the keynote address at the conference.

The four-page article “MSSI Alumni Update: Where Are They Now?” provides a fitting segue to the forthcoming Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI), which is scheduled for summer 2013 (June 24-July 19). Selected participants from MSSI 1999 (Bojan Belić, Živojin Jakovljević, Georgi Parpulov, Stella Rock, and Vessela Valiavitcharska), MSSI 2001 (Natasha Ermolaev, Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, and Monica White), MSSI 2003 (Wojciech Beltkiewicz and Inés García de la Puente), and MSSI 2006 (Alexander Angelov and Yulia Mikhailova) describe what they are currently doing. NB: Lauren Ressue, MSSI 2008, is featured on page 8 of CMH 32 as this year’s RCMSS Graduate Associate. We welcome updates from any other past participants of the MSSI for future issues of CMH !

The contributors to the endowment funds that benefit the HRL/RCMSS are listed, as are the generous donors of books and materials (CMH 32: 11). And the perennial features, “Director’s Desk” and “News Notes,” describe the highlights of activities and events as well as visitors to the HRL/RCMSS since June 2012.

Abstracts to present at the Sixth International Hilandar Conference must be submitted by February 1, 2013.

Application deadline for the next MSSI is February 22, 2013.


Conference: “Saints and Holy Places in the Balkans”


An  international conference was held June 14-16, 2012, which was organized as part of the Encyclopaedia Slavica Sanctorum project by the Department of Cyrillo-Methodian Studies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Okhridski,” and the Institute of Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Zograf Monastery, Mount Athos

Iskra Khristova-Shomova (Sofia) and Milan Mihaljević (Zagreb) presided over the plenary session of the conference “Saints and Holy Places in the Balkans,” where presentations were made by Ivan Dobrev (Sofia), Aleksei Pentkovskii (Moscow), Cynthia Vakareliyska (Eugene, Oregon), Elka Bakalova (Sofia), and Panaiot Karag’ozov (Sofia).

Panel topics focused on cults of saints in relation to history, images, hymnography, interfaith communication, ritual and culture in Bulgarian lands, and texts in the Balkans. Other panels included: Saints and Holy Places in Popular Culture, Hagiographic Texts and their Translations, Linguistic Features and Textual Versions of the Works Dedicated to Saints, the Martyr Saints, Hagiographic Texts on Women Saints; Hagiography and Culture;  and Cult, Commemoration, and Calendars: East and West.

Time was also given to project presentations and new books on hagiography. On the 16th there was discussion of the Encyclopaedia Slavica Sanctorum project and a demonstration of this electronic reference.


Image Source: Photo by Walt Craig, 1970


Research Project: Hagiotheca Preslavica


Image of folio 2 recto from the manuscript known as "Stanislav's Menaion"

“Stanislav’s Menaion,” f. 2r

Hagiotheca Preslavica is a project currently under development by a team of young Bulgarian medievalists. Its principal task is the preparation and publication (both digital and traditional) and research of “Stanislav’s Menaion” (chetii-minei), Ms. 1039 in the SS. Cyril and Methodius Bulgarian National Library in Sofia. The 14th-century manuscript contains hagiographical texts for the months of September-November. The text currently ends in the beginning of the Life of St. John Chrysostom (November 13); there are 370 extant folia.

It is hoped that this is the first step in the creation of a portal comprising digital images, analytical tools, and research of texts that evidence the influence of the Preslav literary circle.


Hagiotheca Preslavica Project Team Members:

Diana Atanassova, Sofia University – coordinator
Aneta Dimitrova, Sofia University
Irina Kuzidova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Lyubka Nenova, Southwestern University, Blagoevgrad
Cvetomira Danova, Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre
Krassimir Popovsky, Bulgarian Orthodox Church


Source: Announcement courtesy of Diana Atanassova

Image Source: BNL.1039, f. 2r, color image courtesy of Hagiotheca Preslavica; black and white microfilm of manuscript available in the HRL