Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

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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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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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Donated: Brief History of Saratov (Russia)


Among the recently cataloged books for the Hilandar Research Library (HRL)  is a title that was previously owned by a faculty member of The Ohio State University. From the collection of Charles E. Gribble, Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, comes the book ‘Pages of the Chronicle of Saratov,’* which gives a brief history of the city of Saratov, its historical significance, its administrative,  urban and cultural growth, and brief sketches of individuals who had an impact on the city’s development.

front cover of the book: dark green, with an outline of of rectangle in brown topped by outline of 3 domes; authors name in brown just inside the domed area; title in gold in old style manuscript letters in the rectangular part.

Страницы летописи Саратова (Moscow, 1987)

The HRL has among its microform holdings 294 manuscripts from the collection of Saratov State University’s Research Library,** which has been a very fertile source for manuscript research since the HRL acquired the microfilms as part of a Title II-C grant of the National Education Act that was submitted in 1993-1994. Страницы летописи Саратова describes the establishment of the university, and the names of several individuals are referenced, who appear to be connected to the provenance of some of the Saratov manuscripts.

Researchers in the HRL have reported on the significance of the Saratov manuscripts in issues of the RCMSS/HRL newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage for a number of years. Here is a sample of some of the research:

Victor Alexandrov, “Tracing the Slavic Syntagma of Blastares,” CMH 11 (May 2002): 5, 8.

Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov, “Tracing Byzantine Rhetorical Sources of the Sermons of Gregory Camblak,” CMH 21 (June 2007): 5.

Brian J. Boeck, on the Life of St. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow, see CMH 14 (December 2003): 4.

Margaret Dimitrova, “Prayers for Newborns, Mothers and Midwives,” CMH 11 (May 2002): 8, 11.

Margaret Dimitrova, “Bulgarian Scholar Receives Fulbright to Examine HRL Collection,” CMH 25 (June 2009): 4-5, 8.

Eve Levin, “Researching Physical and Spiritual Approaches to Healing,” CMH 13 (May 2003): 4, 7.

William R. Veder, “Saratov Collection Provides Missing Key,” CMH 9 (May 2001): 6.


*Б. И. Казаков, Г. Д. Казакова, и Л.Н. Любомирова, Страницы летописи Саратова (Саратов: Привожское книжное издательство, 1987).

**Note that the contractual agreement between the HRL and SGU allows only for the viewing of the microfilms on site – no reproductions from the HRL films may be made without the permission of SGU.


Workshop on Women and Holiness in the Slavic Middle Ages


Today, at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, a workshop was held on “Productive Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies of Women and Holiness in the Slavic Middle Ages.” The conference is dedicated to the 160 anniversary of the death of Elena Muteva (1829-1854), a Bulgarian poet, translator, and folklorist, and is sponsored by the “Encyclopaedia Slavica Sanctorum: Saints and Holy Places in Bulgaria” project, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” and Manchester University in the UK.

Iskra Khristova-Shomova opened the conference, which consists of nine panels, where each speaker is given 10 minutes. The closing remarks were moderated by Maria Yovcheva.

Below is a list of the participants and their presentation titles. Click on this link for the abstracts of the talks in English.

photo of one of the buildings of the university, a side view taken from a major thoroughfare; there are trees in the from of the building and on the street light pole is a sign advertising "Dunkin Donuts"

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Tsvetelin Stepanov, “The Sanctity and the Capital: Trajectories of Women’s Protection”
Catherine Pancheva-Dikova, “How to Translate ‘Pokrov bogorodichen'”
Ana Stoykova, “‘Why have you come here? There are monks here, and you are a woman!’ (Women and Mount Athos in Byzantine and Slavonic Sources)”
Margaret Dimitrova, “Childbirth, Mothers and the Church: What Can We Learn from Medieval Euchologia?”
Julia Zlatkova, “Gender Specifics of Female Patronage and Charity in Late Antiquity”
Diana Atanasova-Pencheva, “The Betrothed and the Bride: Female Martyrdom as a Transformation of Social Roles”
Anisava Miltenova, “The Texts about Evil Women: Deviations of Biblical Stories”
Biliana Kourtasheva, “The Rehabilitation of the Stepmother”
Maya Petrova-Taneva, “Theodora the Queen of Tŭrnovo, Byzantine Empress Theophano, and the Bdinski Zbornik
Elka Bakalova, “Women Intellectuals in Byzantium: St. Catherine of Alexandria”
Dilyana Radoslavova, “The Semantics of Book Compilation or Topics as a Key in Composing Calendar-Oriented Collections”
Iliana Chekova, “The Repertoire and the Topoi of Women’s Holiness”
Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov, “The Rhetoric of Womanhood: Women in Hagiographical and Medical Discourse in the Slavic Orthodox Middle Ages”
Maria Yovcheva, “Abbas Zosimas from the Vita of St. Mary of Egypt”
Maria Schnitter, “The Specifics of Women’s Holiness in the Orthodox Tradition: The Question of the Saint-Prostitute”
Radoslava Stankova, “The History of the Cult of St. Petka of Tŭrnovo (Paraskeva of Epivat) according to South Slavic Written Sources”
Evelina Mineva, “Byzantine Hymnographic Works of St. Paraskeva of Epivat and their Slavonic Translation”
Desislava Lilova, “Secular and Church Geography in the Imagination of the Period of the Bulgarian Revival”
Vladimir Dimitrov, “Identity Transformations of the Women Saints in Bulgarian Lands at the Time of the Late Revival Period”
Katya Staneva
, “Reception and Ideology: the ‘Turkish Tales’ in Bulgarian Booklets (Bŭlgarski knizhnitsi)”
Olga Todorova, “Maiden in Prison: Women’s Martyrdom in the Time of the Ottoman Rule – the Historical Realia and the Literary Folk Fictions”


Festschrift for Predrag Matejic, Part 2


The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre (Sofia, Bulgaria) honored Predrag Matejic, Curator of the Hilandar Research Library and Director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, with а festschrift on the occasion of his 60th birthday (August 2, 2012) that spans issues 3 and 4 of volume 36 (2012) of the prestigious journal for medieval Slavic studies Palaeobulgarica/Старо-Българистика.

Contents of Palaeobulgarica/Старо-Българистика 36.4 (2012):

Image of photograph of Dr. Matejic and clear overlay with ornamental flourish from a manuscript in issue Palaeobulgarica 36.3 (2012)

Festschrift to Predrag Matejic

Predrag Matejic, “Хилендарската научна библиотека и България – 40 години сътрудничество”/’The Hilandar Research Library and Bulgaria: 40 Years of Cooperation,’ 3-17.

Adelina Angusheva-Tikhanova and Iskra Khristova-Shomova, “Образи и фигури в риторични и химнографски творби за св. Петър и Павел,  представени в славянската традиция”/’Tropes and Verbal Images in Hymnographical and Liturgical Rhetorical Texts Dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul in the Medieval Slavonic Tradition,’ 18-38.

Lora Taseva, “Антилатинската полемика на Григорий Палама и Варлаам Калабрийски в частите от в. на кодекс Дечани 88 и славянската ръкописна традиция”/’An Anti-Latin Polemic of Gregory Palamas and Varlaam from Calabria from the 16th-Century Codex Dečani 88 and the Slavonic Manuscript Tradition,’ 39-61.

Margaret Dimitrova, “Гръцките заемки гѷψи, ѵψи и епалѯис, или как Константин Костенечки използва тълкованията на Песен на песните в оригиналните си съченения”/’The Greek Loanwords gypsi, ypsi and epalxis, or How did Constantine of Kostenec Use Commentaries on the ‘Song of Songs’ in His Original Compositions?,’ 62-74.

Maria Spasova, “Неизвестен славянски превод на правило а· и в· от Посланието на Дионисий Александрийски”/’An Anonymous Translation into Slavonic of Precepts and in the Epistle by Dionysius of Alexandria,’ 75-97.

William R. Veder, “Плоская традиция текстов”/’Flat Tradition of Texts,’ 98-109.

Svetlina Nikolova, “Неизвестно изследване на Григорий Илински за Пространното Методиево житие”/’An Unknown Study by Gregory Ilinsky on the Extended Life of Methodius,’ 110-136.