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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 Book Donations, Spring 2014


The Hilandar Research Library has received a number of books as gifts in kind this spring from various donors. Among the donors are researchers who have worked with HRL materials both recently and in the past, anonymous gifts from the local Greek Orthodox community, donors who are adding to existing collections, as well as a colleague once removed who want to find a good home for her books. We greatly appreciate the spirit of the support and patronage that all offers of book donations imply, but we are limited by space and our collection development policy by what we can accept. Happily, the books offered to us below were ones we did not already have and all of them enhance our collection of secondary source material. Below is a selection of the most recent donations.

Picture of the cover of the book- light brown cover with the authors' names and the title in a reddish brown

Loveshki Damaskin: A “Vernacular” Monument from the 17th Century (Sofia, 2013)

Olga Mladenova, professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at the University of Calgary, Canada, was invited to The Ohio State University in March 2013 to present the 16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture in South Slavic Linguistics. Her talk “The Rise of Modern Bulgarian Literacy in the Seventeenth Century: New Facts and Interpretations,” focused on the texts found in the Bulgarian damaskini, compilations of excerpts from religious and liturgical works that are written in the vernacular of the 17th-18th centuries, rather than in Church Slavonic. While here, she spent a few days in the Hilandar Research Library looking at available resources on the damaskini, which she has incorporated into this gift book, Ловешки дамаскин новобългарски паметник от XVII век, co-authored by Boriana Velcheva (Sofia, 2013). Professor Mladenova vowed to return! She spent 10 days here last month, continuing her work on the damaskini, so there will likely be a companion volume to the Loveshki Damaskin in the near future.

Dust jacket of the book with author's name and the title on a yellowish-green background above a picture of a mosaic bird

Averil Cameron’s Byzantine Matters (Princeton, 2014)

We received two books as part of an anonymous donation from someone we know to be from the Greek Orthodox community here in Columbus, Ohio. One is Averil Cameron‘s most recent publication, Byzantine Matters, five essays on controversial themes related to Byzantine studies. The second book is the exhibition catalogue for Treasures of Mount Athos, co-sponsored by the Holy Community of Mount Athos, the Organization for the Cultural Capital of Europe (Thessaloniki 1997), and the Museum of Byzantine Culture of the Greek Ministry of Culture. The exhibition catalogue is in English, and full of beautiful photographs of the items that were on display.

Cover of the book is an image of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios III Comnenos and St. John the Baptist, circa 1375 - the front of a two-sided icon from Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos

Treasures of Mount Athos (Thessaloniki, 1997)

In addition to commentary on the Exhibition itself and the Exhibition Catalogue, there are messages from various dignitaries included, an introduction, and sections on Painting (Monumental Painting, Portable Icons, Anthivola, Paper Icons, and Illuminated Manuscripts), Sculpture (Byzantine Sculpture, Stone-Carving, Wood-carving), Minor Art – Church Embroidery (Minor Art, Ceramics, Church Embroidery, Antimensia), Historical Archives (Greek Documents, Ottoman Documents, Slavonic Documents, Romanian Documents, Monastery Seals), and Libraries (Greek Manuscripts, Slavonic Manuscripts, Georgian Manuscripts, Music Manuscripts, and Incunabula).

Cover of the book is a photograph of an ancient fortress with the mountains behind it viewed from an archway; the title is written in white letters on a maroon band horizontally across the middle of the cover, below the band is a photograph of a stone with a Cyrillic inscription on it.

The Ancient Bulgars: The Discussion Continues (Sofia, 2014)

Tsvetelin Stepanov (Centre for Cultural Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University, Bulgaria), who spent some time in Spring 2005 conducting research in the Hilandar Research Library, sent us his latest book: a selection of articles compiled and edited by him, entitled The Ancient Bulgars: The Discussion Continues (= Bŭlgarska vechnost 106) (Sofia, 2014). Besides Stepanov’s introduction (7-15) and article on the origin of the Bulgarian aristocratic titles – “(Indo-)Iranian, Turkic or Other?” (119-134), this compilation includes articles by Atanas Stamatov on the Christianization of  the Armenian Bulgars (16-26); Petŭr Goliiski on Bulgars near the Caucasus during the 2nd-5th centuries according to Armenian sources (27-35), Boris Zhivkov on the legend of Kubrat (36-49), Aleksandŭr Aleksiev-Khofart on Indo-Iranian mythological and religious traces in several Old Bulgarian monuments (50-65), Todor Chobanov on pagan temples in Danube Bulgaria (66-90), Oksana Minaeva on the legacy of the Sassanid culture and its parallels in Bulgarian metalwork during the 7th-9th centuries (91-118), and Alexandŭr Moshev on new epigraphical data on the presence of the Bulgars in the Black Sea area in the 2nd-5th centuries (135-141).


CFP: Textual Heritage and Information Technologies El’Manuscript-2014

Textual Heritage and Information Technologies


Varna, Bulgaria

15-20 September 2014


Izhevsk State Technical University and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences invite submissions of abstracts for the El’Manuscript-2014 international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, processing, description, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern hand-written and printed texts and documentary records. Any person involved in the creation or analysis of these resources is welcome to participate.

El’Manucsript-2014 is the fifth in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” ( The program of the conference traditionally includes tutorials, lectures, and computer classes for young scholars and students. The working languages of the 2014 conference are English, Bulgarian and Russian, and papers presented at the Conference will be published in a volume of proceedings and on the website. Selected papers in English will be published in a special issue of the Digital Medievalist Journal ( and, if written in Bulgarian, English or Russian, Palaeobulgarica.

The fifth conference is a joint event of the Textual Heritage and Digital Medievalist scholarly communities. It is co-organized by Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia) and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and supported by the Sustainable Development of Bulgaria Foundation.

Source of announcement: Textual Heritage website, via Olga Mladenova


Recent Acquisitions, July 2013


We have received several new volumes of journals, series, and dictionaries, as well as significant monographs.

image of the front cover of volume 2 of Botev's dictionary

Atanasii Bonchev, v. 2

The second volume of Atanasii Bonchev’s dictionary of the Church Slavonic language (Π-Я), which was edited by Boriana Khristova and published in 2012, arrived today.

Image of the front cover of Preslavska Knizhovna Shkola vol. 12

Preslavska knizhovna shkola 12

We also received volume 12 (2012) of Preslavska knizhovna shkola, which contains a number of papers from the International Symposium “St. Naum – Work, Associates, and Disciples,” held October 29-30, 2010, in Shumen, Bulgaria, on the occasion of 1100th anniversary of the death of St. Naum of Ochrid. See table of contents.

Volumes 8 (April) and 9 (May) of Georgi Petkov and Mariia Spasova’s Tŭrnovskata redaktsiia na Stishniia Prolog: Tekstove. Leksikalen indeks are now available.

image of the front cover of volume 8





Front cover, red with gold letters, of the Dictionary based on the Tikhonravov Damaskin




Upon the recommendation of Olga Mladenova, the 2013 Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecturer in South Slavic Linguistics, we ordered the Rechnik na knizhovniia bŭlgarski ezik na narodna osnova ot XVII vek (vŭrkhu tekst na Tikhonravoviia damaskin), a joint publication of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Bulgarian Language and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Slavic Studies (Slavistics), which was published in Sofia, 2012.

16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture in South Slavic Linguistics


The sixteenth annual lecture in South Slavic Linguistics presented at The Ohio State University to commemorate Professor Kenneth E. Naylor (1935-1992) was given by Professor Olga Mladenova (University of Calgary) on “The Rise of Modern Bulgarian Literacy in the Seventeenth Century: New Facts and Interpretations,” Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Campus Reading Room on the 11th floor of Thompson Library.

photograph of Brian Joseph standing next to Olga Mladenova in front of the screen with the first powerpoint slide with the title of Dr. Mladenova's talk

Brian D. Joseph, Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics, and Olga Mladenova, 16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecturer on the 11th Floor, Thompson Library at The Ohio State University

Professor Brian D. Joseph (OSU Linguistics), who has held the “Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics” since his investiture in 1997, opened the event with a brief account of Dr. Naylor and his contributions to OSU, to scholarship, and to the scholarly community, as well as a history of the professorship and the lecture series, and other initiatives funded by the professorship.

The lecture was well attended and Professor Mladenova’s account of her work with Bulgarian damanskini elicted a number of thought-provoking comments from the audience. Colleagues of Dr. Naylor present included professors emeriti David F. Robinson (OSU Slavic) and Carole Rogel (OSU History).

A reception of exceptional food from Milo’s Catering was organized by Karen Nielsen of the OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Ms. Nielsen also arranged a display of scrapbooks and a photo-montage documenting the past lectures. Shannon Niemeyer, events coordinator for the OSU Libraries, orchestrated a hospitable arrangement and atmosphere for what was judged a “superb” venue.

A wooden grid display case, provided thanks to the efforts of OSU Libraries’ Cheryl Mason-Middleton and Mark Moziejko, effectively exhibited publications of Drs. Joseph, Naylor, and Mladenova, as well as the first five Naylor Memorial lectures. Lauren Ressue, RCMSS GA, assisted. Immense gratitude to Michelle Drobik of the University Archives at OSU for photo images of Professor Naylor from 1975, 1976, and 1981.

Photo of Dr. Joseph standing next to open wooden shelves on wheels with books and publications propped up on book ends.

Professor Brian D. Joseph with the 16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture publication display

Items on display (see photo) include photographs of Professor Naylor (1981 and 1975), Olga Mladenova’s Definiteness in Bulgarian: Modelling the Processes of Language Change (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 182), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007; Brian D. Joseph’s The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A study in areal, general, and historical linguistics (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Supplemental Volume, 2009 reprint); Mladenova’s Russian Second-Language Textbooks and Identity in the Universe of Discourse: A Contribution to Macropragmatics (Slavistische Beiträge 432), München: Sagner, 2004; and a color printout of the cover of her Grapes and Wine In the Balkans: An Ethno-Linguistic Study (Balkanologische Veröffentlichungen 32), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1998, flanked by the first and second Naylor Memorial Lectures, Linguistic Emblems and Emblematic Languages: On Language as Flag in the Balkans by Victor A. Friedman (1998), and Ronelle Alexander’s In Honor of Diversity: the Linguistic Resources of the Balkans (1999), respectively.

Volumes 1-6 of Balkanistica: A Journal of Southeast European Studies (1974-1980), and Folia Slavica 1.1 (1977) edited by Kenneth E. Naylor, were framed by published versions of the third, fourth, and fifth Naylor Memorial Lectures: What Is a Standard Language Good For, and Who Gets to Have One? by Wayles Browne (2000), The Balkan Linguistic League, “Orientalism,” and Linguistic Typology by Howard I. Aronson (2007), and Minority Language Rights in Primary Education: A Century of Change in the Balkans by Christina E. Kramer (2010).