Slovo-ASO: Toward a digital library of South Slavic manuscripts

Maintained by: David J. Birnbaum ( [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 Unported License] [Browse] [Search] Last modified: 2013-08-19T08:07:05+0000

Panegyrikon. Rila Panegyrikon

Bulgaria, Rila, Rila Monastrery, 4/8 (61) (130)

Physical description

Material: Paper. Extent: 740 ff. approximately. The titles and the initials are in red. The small number of headpieces are coloured in gold, ochre, green, blue, red.



The miscellany contains homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Cyril of Jerusalem, Atanasios of Alexandria, Gregory of Neo Caesarea, Basil of Seleucia, Simeon Metaphrastes, patriarch Germanos I, etc. Apart from that the Panegyrikon the MS contains interesting texts of Bulgarian and Balkan Slavic literacy, such as some works of Gregory Tsamblak (Enkomion on St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki and the Life of Stefan of Dečani), and works of patriarch Euthymios of Tărnovo (Enkomion on SS. Constantine and Helena, Enkomion on Kiriakia the Martyress, Letter to Nicodemos of Tismana, Letter to Cyprianos and Letter to Antymos, archbishop of Ugro-Walachia, the Life of St. John of Rila supplemented by the autograph of the so-called Rila story, describing the translation of the saint's relics from Tărnovo to Rila monastery. The Translatio contains a detailed account on the historical circumstances preceding the event: the reestablishment of Rila monastery, the battle of Čirmen (1371), the role of the widowed sultan wife Mariya Branković, etc. The Rila story is critically published by Христова 1996: 165-177. Vladislav the Grammarian added yet another text about the Rila hermit - The life with a small enkomion on St. John of Rila by Demetrios Kantakouzenos. There are included two more vitae created in the 14th c. - Life of St. Gregory Sinaites and Life of St. Theodosios of Tărnovo by Patriarch Kallistos. Two texts are devoted to the holy brothers Cyril and Methodios - Life of St. Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher and the Enkomion on St. Cyril and St. Methodios. Among the text preserved in a sole copy is the Enkomion on St. Philothea Temniška by Joasaph of Bdin. Thanks to its specific contents the Panegyrikon is often described as a unique anthology of rare translations of Byzantine works and Old and Middle Bulgarian original texts.


1479. Христова 1996: 64-109.