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New manuscript fragment of a Prolog, discovered in the University Library in Uppsala

Chapter in book
Authors Antoaneta Granberg
Published in Lutz Edzard (ed.). Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized : A Festschrift for Jan Retsö
Pages 40-53
ISBN 9783447104227
Publisher Harrassowitz Verlag
Place of publication Wiesbaden
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 40-53
Language en
Keywords Old Church Slavonic, Prolog, Cyrillic fragments, Parchment manuscripts
Subject categories Slavic languages, Classical philology, Languages and Literature


n 2014 a hitherto unknown parchment Cyrillic manuscript fragment was discovered in the University Library in Uppsala Carolina Rediviva. The fragment has been used as cover for Sententiæ et loci quidam insigniores, ex antiquioribus maximeque probatis poetis Ordine collecti, ac in libros quinq. digesti, printed in Poznań in 1583. The book belonged earlier to the library of the Jesuit Collegium in Riga and it was taken to Sweden as booty in 1622. The fragment is part of сло́во ѡ҆ ст҃ѣмъ Василїи Вели́цѣⷨ и҆ ѡ҆ Еѳрѣмѣ. По́вѣсть дш҃еполезна, a text for the 3rd of January in the long redaction of the Slavonic Prolog for the first half of the year (September – February). The fragment does not belong to any of the manuscripts preserved in the other manuscript fragments from Swedish libraries and archives. The fragment is reproduced in the article with short comments. The dating of the fragment, based on its paleographic, orthographic and linguistic features, proposed by the author of the article is the end of the fourteenth and (most probably) the beginning of the fifteenth century. The language is Russian Church Slavonic with some northwestern features that are usually observed in Pskovian and Novgorodian manuscripts.

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