About the Project

Hagioslavica has resulted from the work of a group of young scholars specialised in Medieval Slavic studies and has been supported by the Science Fund at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science (DMU 03/19). It was kindly assisted by St St Cyril and Methodius National Library, institutionally supported by the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski and cooperated by Projectoria.

The project’s principal task is the publication and research of the Stanislav’s Menologion (Stanislav’s Četi-Minej). It is one of the most valuable medieval Slavic manuscripts preserved at the St St Cyril and Methodius National Library. The webpage has been developed in a way that the information available here could be regularly updated and elaborated not only with some news related to the project, but also with additional content, including further manuscripts and metadata on them. Access is granted, as a first stage, to the high-quality copies of each of the 700 pages of the manuscript with a possibility of zooming. The digital images are supplied with a critical apparatus – detailed information about the codex, identification of the Greek originals of the texts according to BHG and CPG and bibliographic data on each of the codex entries. A second stage will be to integrate the deciphered texts in a machine-readable form and so to offer an online edition of the whole manuscript.

Stanislav’s Menologion

The manuscript is known among the specialists mainly by its cataloguing number – CMNL 1039. We have called it Stanislav’s Menologion after the name of one of its copyists, mentioned in a colophon on f. 207r – Stanislav the Deacon, identified with the prominent scribe working in the Lesnovo Monastery in the fourteenth century. The manuscript was created in the same century at either Marko’s Monastery St Demetrios or Lesnovo Monastery St Archangel Michael; yet it might be possible that it was copied at Month Athos. The manuscript is a menologion (or ceti-minei, the term used in the Slavic tradition) and it includes for the most part hagiographic texts for the first quarter of the church year.

The significance of the manuscript is due to the fact that, even though it dates back to the fourteenth century, this copy preserves an ancient layer of texts which were reproduced approximately in the form in which they must have originated in the Old Bulgarian times. This, on the one hand, makes the manuscript a valuable source for the study of the translations conducted in Preslav and, on the other, allows a relatively accurate reconstruction of those calendar collections which were created and translated in the Golden Age of the Bulgarian medieval literature and culture.

Stanislav’s Menologion is one of the most important sources in regard to the history of the Old Bulgarian hagiographic corpus. Exploring the oldest Slavic hagiographical tradition, scholars are bound to rely actually on three manuscripts:  Codex Suprasliensis (tenth century), Uspensky Codex (twelfth century) and Stanislav’s Menologion (fourteenth century). While the first two are indeed early representatives of this tradition and, as such, they display relatively marginal (or marginalised) texts, the Stanislav’s Menologion consists of texts, central to the South Slavic medieval hagiographic canon. This codex is comprised of an early Old Bulgarian layer and some later interpolations, thus forming a compendium of the hagiographic works, reproduced among the South Slavs up to the seventeenth century.

Hagioslavica Team

Project Director

Dr. Diana Atanassova
Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”
Faculty of Slavic Studies, Cyrillo-Methodian Department
E-mail: adiana@slav.uni-sofia.bg


Dr. Irina Kuzidova
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Department of Medieval Bulgarian Literature
E-mail: irina.kuzidova@gmail.com

Dr. Aneta Dimitrova
Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski
Faculty of Slavic Studies, Cyrillo-Methodian Department
E-mail: aneta_dimitrova@slav.uni-sofia.bg

Dr. Lyubka Nenova
South West University "Neophit Rilski", Blagoevgrad
Faculty of Philology, Department “Bulgarian language”
E-mail: lyubka_nenova@swu.bg

Tsvetomira Danova, M.A., PhD candidate
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Cyrillo-Methodian Research Center
E-mail:  cvetomira_danova@abv.bg

Krassimir Popovski, M.A., PhD candidate
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Cyrillo-Methodian Research Center
E-mail: p_kozma@abv.bg