Case study 11: Fragments in Greek Libraries

Amorgos, Monastic library of Chozoviotissa, Ms. 22, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Case Study

Partner institution: The Center for History and Palaeography, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Athens

Financed by: Zeno Karl Schindler/Fragmentarium Fellowship

Collaborator: Athina Almpani M.A., National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Advisor: Dr. Agamemnon Tselikas, Director of the Center for History and Palaeography

This case study focuses on noteworthy fragments produced during the Byzantine period and written in ancient or Byzantine Greek. In particular, it documents and catalogues fragments from patriarchal, monastic, ecclesiastical, public and municipal libraries all over Greece and the Hellenic World. The first phase concentrates on the manuscript collections of the Diocese of Samos, the monastery of Chozoviotissa on Amorgos, the monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos, and the Archdiocese of Cyprus. A second phase will expand the research to other libraries, including those of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the monastery of Ioannou Theologou Patmos, and the Library of the Hellenic Parliament and Ethnological Museum in Athens. The 14-month case study plans to analyze more than 200 fragments.

Athina Almpani holds an M.A. in Canon Law (NKUA) and specializes in Greek Palaeography and Byzantine manuscript studies. Her research interests include fragmentology, codicology, and diplomatics.

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