The Enigma of the Sinaitic Glagolitic Tradition

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Austrian Science Fund

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Robert Sablatnig


Fabian Hollaus
Melanie Gau
Ana Camba
Heinz Miklas (ISS)
Dana Huerner (ISS)
Manfred Schreiner (ISTA)
Willi Vetter (ISTA)

Continuing the ASF-project The Sinaitic Sacramentary (Euchologium) Fragments, this project continues the interdisciplinary collaboration of the Institute of Slavic Studies (ISS), University of Vienna (humanities), the Computer Vision Lab, Vienna University of Technology (computer scientists) and the Institute of Science and Technology in Art (ISTA), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (chemists).It is devoted to the recording, investigation and critical and facsimile edition of several newly detected Glagolitic manuscripts from St. Catherine’s monastery on Mt. Sinai (Sin. slav. 1/N, 3/N-5/N) and the comparative analysis of the whole Sinaitic Old Church Slavonic collection (10th-11th/12th c.), on the one hand, and the further development and application of new technical means for the preservation, investigation and virtual restoration of (damaged) written cultural heritage and its access for the research community, on the other.

In this joint venture three complex results are to be expected:

1. editions and comparative data of the relevant documents (codicology, palaeography, graphemics, and material);

NEWS: Publication Announcement of 1st Volume of the “Glagolitica Sinaitica” series (with special thanks to the Holzhausen Publishing House)

2. improved imaging devices and new computer-programmes for the preservation, analysis and restoration of (damaged) written sources; and

3. the solution of the “Sinaitic Glagolitic Enigma”, i.e. new insights in the literary, ecclesiastic and overall cultural history of the Slavs and their connections with the Christian Orient.

NEWS 2013: The Sinai Palimpsets Project – International Workshop, October 25th-27th, 2013.

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