Laboratory of Humanities

Manuscripts and Old Books of the Holy Monastery of Taxiarchai (Aigion, Greece)

Project

Digitalization and cataloguing of the Greek Manuscripts and Old Books of the Holy Monastery of Taxiarchai (Aigion, Greece)

Institution

University of Patras, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Education, Laboratory of Humanities (Director: Prof. Dr. John G. Dellis)

Scholars in Charge

1.       Lecturer Dr. John A. Demetracopoulos (Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras)

2.    Lecturer Dr. Eirini-Sophia Kiapidou (Department of Philology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras)

3.       Assistant Prof. Dr Athanasios Photopoulos (Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras)

Research Team

1.       Christos Panoutsos (MA Student, Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

2.     Evangelos Baltatzis (BA Student, Department of Education, University of Patras)

Time

March 2011 - February 2012

Object

1.       More than one hundred Greek manuscripts, dating from late 14th to early 20th century, are extant in the Library of the Holy Monastery of Taxiarchai (Aigion, Greece), which was founded in 1415. A catalogue of these manuscripts is prepared for the first time, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Palaeography of the Department of Philology of the University of Patras. An unfinished catalogue elaborated by the late scholar of Modern Greek Literature Dr. K. Th. Kyriakopoulos (1944-1990) is taken into account. The majority of the works contained in the manuscripts are theological in content, the remaining ones being liturgical (including many pieces of Byzantine music) and philosophical. Many of them contain translations from Neolatin and other Modern European languages, which were used by teachers and professors as handbooks during the Ottoman occupation of various Greek-speaking regions.

2.       More than one thousand five hundred old books, dating from 1499 (a fine editio Aldina of Epistolae Basilii Magni, Libanii Rhetoris Chionis Platonici Aeschinis et Isocratis oratorum, Phalaridis tyranni, Bruti Romani, Apollonii Tyanensis, Juliani apostatae, Venice, 1499) to the late 19th century, written in Greek, Latin, German, French, Italian, English, and Russian, are extant in the aforementioned Library. Most of these books are ex-libris of two scholars with special relation with the Holy Monastery, namely, the archimandrite Dr. h.c. Andronikos Demetrakopoulos (Synevron, Achaia 1826 - Leipzig 1872), whose personal library in Leipzig was transferred to the library of the Monastery in 1875, and the hieromonk and Professor of Theology at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Averkios Th. Papadopoulos (1886-1943).

3.       Of special interest are the kataloipa of Andronikos Demetrakopoulos, which were transferred to the Monastery along with his books after his premature death. They contain: (i) an unpublished edition of numerous writings of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine theologians, some of which remain unedited till today; (ii) some unpublished treatises of Ecclesiastical History and Ecclesiastical Literature (see the booklet by Th. G. Papageorgiou, Andronikos K. Demetrakopoulos, 1826-1872: A Major Scholarly Figure from Achaia. A Historical Monograph, Patras, s.d. (in Modern Greek), pp. 13-26).

Aims

1.       Digitalization of the manuscript material.

2.       A digital on-line catalogue of the manuscripts.

3.       A digital on-line list of the old books.

4.       Digitalization of Andronikos Demetrakopoulos’ kataloipa.

For further information on the project please contact:

Lecturer Dr John A. Demetracopoulos, Department of Education, University of Patras, Rion 265 04, Greece, tel.: +30 2610 969 776, fax: +30 2610 996 164

Lecturer Dr. Eirini-Sophia Kiapidou, Department of Philology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies, University of Patras, Rion 265 04, Greece, tel.+30 2610 969 943

Assistant Prof. Dr Athanasios Photopoulos, Department of Education, University of Patras, Rion 265 04, Greece, telefax: +30 2610 997 777