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An expedition to Sainte Catherine's Monastery in 1950 (the Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopic, Slavonic and Georgian manuscripts of the old collection)

Just about the collection of Georgian manuscripts, Stig Frøyshov (2012, 236) wrote:

The ancient collection counts today 86 codices. It was photographed in its entirety in 1950 by an expedition initiated by the American Library of Congress.

A significant number of Georgian manuscripts were found among the fragments discovered at Mt. Sinai in 1975, and the long-awaited catalogue of the New Georgian Finds of Sinai appeared in 2005.

These microfilms of 1950 have now been published at the page of the Library of Congress. I will deliver later descriptions of some manuscripts.

Double page (ff. 1v-2r) of a heirmologion palimpsest with early Coislin notation (Ms. Gr. 929)

Just have have a look at the digitised collection based on the expedition. Here a description:

Collection according to the language

Collection according to the classification of the liturgical chant book

Please note that the classification is not trustworty, and that manuscripts should be also classified as Iadgari, Tropligin for Tropologion. Please have a look at the glossary of genres.

See also also the project page (in preparation):

Tags: Egypt, Georgia, Heirmologion, Kontakion, Lectionaries, Manuscrits, Menaion, Oktoechos, Old Byzantine notation, Sinai, More…Slavica, Sticherarion, Syria, Triodion, Tropologion

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The collection is now systematised according to the description of the manuscripts, but it needs to be checked critically due to wrong or outdated classifications.

Nevertheless, this collection (not up-to-date) is still one of the most important online offers of digitised Byzantine manuscripts. I think, it is worth now to make a general typological list for online manuscripts for the groupe!



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