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    Religious Text Transfer in the Context of Orthodox Intercultural Exchange
    (University of Balamand, 2021) Borisova, Tatiana
    This paper focuses on the phenomenon of text transfer that followed the transfer of a cult between two different Orthodox cultures and three language traditions. The case of Saint John the Russian and the transfer of his cult from Cappadocia to Greece, and later to Russia, are examined. Special attention is paid to the hagiographic texts composed or translated during each stage of this transfer: from the initial oral tradition, based on which the first text was published in Karamanli Turkish in 1849, up to the texts written in Greek in mid-late 19th century and Russian texts from the late 19th century. The comparison of these text traditions shows the peculiarities in the perception of the same saint in different Orthodox cultures, while the factors that lead to this divergence are also revealed. The process of the gradual formation of the hagiographic text tradition dedicated to St. John the Russian in this trilingual space is analysed.
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    Saint John the Russian (ca. 1690-1730) and the spread of his cult
    (University of Balamand, 2021) Seraïdari, Katerina
    This paper examines the development of St John the Russian’s cult in Cappadocia, and more specifically the historical and social conditions as well as the interests and intentions that played a role in its stabilization and diffusion. Encouraged by the representatives of the Greek Enlightenment who wished to give impulse to the “Hellenization” process and defend Orthodox faith against Protestant missionaries’ influence, this cult received a new impulse after the intervention of Russian monks at the end of the nineteenth century.
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    Revealing the History of the Objects. A Synergy between Restorers and Chemists (RICONTRANS Project Research)
    (Muzeul Naţional al Unirii Alba Iulia, 2021) Dumitran, Ana
    The ‘life’ of an object (the date of creation and its ‘adventure’ throughout time) can be revealed through a masterly interplay of historical, conservation, and scientific investigation. This is why a fruitful collaboration between chemists and restorers within the RICONTRANS Project(Visual Culture, Piety and Propaganda: Transfer and Reception of Russian Religious Art in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (16th-early 20th c.) has been initiated, in order to gain new insights into the phenomenon of the transfer and reception of Russian iconography in Transylvania.
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    'From the Orthodox Megalopolis of Moscovy of Great Russia': Russian heirlooms from the monastery of Tatarna, Sixteenth-Seventeenth Centuries
    (Ιερά Μητρόπολις Σταγών και Μετεώρων, Ακαδημία Θεολογικών και Ιστορικών Μελετών Αγίων Μετεώρων, 2022) Boycheva, Yuliana ; Resh, Daria
    This article examines Russian artifacts donated to the Monastery of the Virgin of Tatarna (Evrytania, Central Greece) by Archbishop Arsenios of Elassona (1550-1625) and clergymen from his entourage. A monastic site since the Byzantine period, Tatarna emerged as an important religious center in the late sixteenth century because of its special status as a patriarchal monastery (stavropegion), granted to it almost immediately after its foundation by monks from Thessaly. The donation of a large number of Russian artifacts includes a manuscript, icons, and a pectoral panagiarion-encolpion, some of which are associated directly with Arsenios through inscriptions, while others are attributable to the clerics carrying the artifacts to the monastery. Overall, this is one of the very interesting ensembles of Russian ecclesiastical art to have survived in its original context in Greece. It is distinguished not only by the excellent craftsmanship of the objects comprising it, but also by the questions it raises as a historical source.
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    ‘Saints and Soldiers’ 19th-Century Russian Religious Art in Southern Bulgaria
    (Muzeul Naţional al Unirii Alba Iulia, 2021) Nikolov, Angel
    L’article clarifie l’histoire de plusieurs pièces du patrimoine mobile de deux institutions monastiques fondées par des citoyens russes en Bulgarie pour commémorer la bravoure et l’héroïsme des soldats et officiers russes tués pendant la guerre russo-turque de 1877-1878 : le Monastère de l’Ascension, avec son église ‘Saint-Alexandre Nevsky’, construite entre 1879-1882 sur ordre du célèbre ‘général blanc’ Mikhail Skobelev sur les collines de Bakadzhik, près de Yambol ; et le Monastère de la Nativité à Shipka, construit (et probablement con- sacré en 1902) à l’initiative de la mère du général, Olga Skobeleva, par un comité directeur dirigé par le diplomate et homme d’état russe Nikolai Ignatiev.