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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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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.


Recent Acquisition: Kirilo-Metodievski Studii 21


Newly arrived:

Image of the front cover of the journal Kirilo-Metodievski Studii volume 21

Festschrift to Heinz Miklas

Kirilo-Metodievski Studii 21, which is a festschrift to Heinz Miklas.

Edited by Tatiana Mostrova, with a tribute to Heinz Miklas by Svetlina Nikolova, contributors include: Desislava Atanasova, Elka Bakalova, Galina Baranokova, Aksiniia Dzhurova, Jasmina Grković-Major, Klimentina Ivanova, Ivona Karachorova, Antonija Zaradija Kiš, Alda Giambelluca Kossova, Irina Kuzidova, Georgi Minczew, Boiko Mircheva, Tatiana Mostrova, Svetlina Nikolova, Tatiana Pentkovskaia, Kazimir Popkonstantinov, Maria Schnitter, Irena Špadier, Radoslava Stankova, Anatolii Turilov, William R. Veder, and Christian Voss.

The articles touch on the following topics: Bogomilism, the Gospels of Romanian rulers, the Bychkov Psalter, the Book of Jeremiah, Anastasius of Sinai, the Archangel Michael, St. Clement of Rome, St. Basil the Younger, Cyril of Turov, Bishop Cyprian, the Alexander Myth, the functional styles of Serbian Church Slavonic, etc.

See table of contents.


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.


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.


Recent Acquisition: The Scete Paterikon


William Veder’s The Scete Paterikon/Patericon Scepticum/Скитский Патерик, published as vols. 12-14 in the Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies series, is a recent addition to the HRL’s extensive print library. The first volume includes an introduction to the Apophthegmata Patrum, and the Scete Paterikon. The apparatus of the three volumes is reviewed – and a list of manuscripts used and references consulted are included. Maps of Egypt and Sinai, Alexandria, and the Nile Delta from the 3rd-5th centuries are provided. Next are the indices: Names (61-65), Biblical Quotations and References (66-70), Apophthegms (Armenian – according to Louis Leloir; Coptic – Marius Chaîne; Greek – Lucien Régnault, Viktoros Matthaiou, and Jean-Claude Guy; Latin – José G. Freire; Syriac – Ernest A. Wallis Budge; and Slavic – William R. Veder), alphabetical listings of incipits for the Greek (80-105), Latin (106-125), and Slavonic texts (126-153), with the bulk of the volume devoted to a word index to the Slavonic text (154-494).

Photo of the 3 volumes of The Scete Paterikon front covers - gray background with the number of each volume in large white numerals on top of the gray, then overlaying the numerals in alternating red, black and red horizontal lines is the name of the work in English, Latin and Russian. Vertically oriented to the edge of the spine on the front cover is the name of the series in red

The second volume contains the Greek text of the Scete Paterikon, the Latin translations of the 6th cent., and the English translation of the Slavonic textus receptus (“received text”).

Volume three includes the Slavonic translation of the Scete Paterikon as well as a reconstruction of its Glagolitic archetype.


Call for Papers: Polata Knigopisnaia, Volume 39


Polata Knigopisnaia publishes scholarly articles, editions, indexes, and bibliographical and review essays related to Early Slavic texts, manuscripts, and early printed books, and their historical and cultural contexts. This is a call for papers to appear in vol. 39. Authors considering submission are encouraged to contact an editor (see below) to discuss length and subject matter, and to obtain a style sheet.

Image of the front cover of the journal Polata knigopisnaia, volume 1.


The current editors of Polata Knigopisnaia adopted an editorial-board peer review system for contributions beginning with volume 38. All contributions that the editors consider to fit the scope and criteria of PK will be reviewed anonymously by two members of the editorial board.


Polata knigopisnaja: An informational bulletin devoted to the study of early Slavic books, texts and literatures was founded by William R. Veder (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Mario Capaldo (University of Rome, Italy) in 1978. They generously allowed all past issues accessible freely via the internet through the Hilandar Research Library and The Ohio State University Libraries (Columbus, Ohio). From its 2006 issue PK has been available exclusively on-line through the OSU Knowledge Bank.


Editors of Polata Knigopisnaia:
Cristiano Diddi, Università degli Studi di Salerno <>
M.A. Johnson, The Ohio State University <>
Robert Romanchuk, Florida State University <>