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Source Area of the Short Catalogue

Understanding a Byzantine codex intended for liturgical usage is not an easy thing. Not easy from a physical and not easy from a logical (intellectual/noetic) point of view.

Byzantine liturgical manuscripts are not stand alones. They make up part of the whole environment in which they originated to which they belonged, and where they functioned, what is called the provenance of the codex.

In which monastery was the manuscript manufactured? For whom? Where was the codex used first, at which moments in the services was it read and/or explained? Who read from it? Which codices where permanently used together in liturgical performances?

In what place was the codex kept initially, in the Katholikon (central church in a monastery), or Skeuophylakion (annex room to the church building, where liturgical objects are kept for direct use in the liturgy), or Choros (place where the monks sing and read)?

For this reason not only the manuscripts are the sources of a catalogue in which the liturgical environment is taken into account.

Everything works together and is attuned to one another. Isolating elements from the organic whole means a considerable loss of meaning and insight in the actual states of affairs.

Since scholars often concentrate on one particular specialised area of studies, it is unavoidably that they isolate materials for their research area. It is the intention of CBM to retrieve a holistic view, from which detail-studies can depart, but always with the given ‘whole’ in the background, and returning again to the whole after focusing on specific matters.

In the following bibliographical list – incomplete as it is – an idea is given of the different factors of the manuscript environment, which should be taken into account from a codico-liturgical perspective.

□ Architecture of Byzantine churches and monasteries [ Bibliographical references 1]

□ Byzantine Liturgy & Typikon [ Bibliographical references 2]

□ Byzantine Libraries & holdings [ Bibliographical references 3]

□ Byzantine codicology [ Bibliographical references 4]

□ Byzantine catalography [ Bibliographical references 5]

□ Byzantine codex ornaments & iconography [ Bibliographical references 6]

□ Byzantine hymnography & chant [ Bibliographical references 7]

□ Provenance of Byzantine codices [ Bibliographical references 8]

□ Chronology & dating of Byzantine codices [ Bibliographical references 9]

□ Byzantine palaeography (script types) [ Bibliographical references 10]