The book presents a panorama of the extraordinarily rich and varied tradition of historical and apocalyptical literature in tenth- through seventeenth-century medieval Bulgaria. A number of Old Church Slavonic texts are described and analyzed, as both a critical edition and a translation with commentary. These texts include The Vision and Interpretation of Daniel, The Revelation of Pseudo-Methodius Patarensis, The Last Vision of Prophet Daniel, Prophet Isaiah’s Vision of the Final Days, The Oracles of Leo the Wise, and Andreas Salos’ Apocalypses. The Bulgarian tradition is analysed by examining not only the reception of Byzantine texts in Bulgaria, but also the reproduction and transformation of such texts, as well as the creation of an impressive number of original works, including Isaiah’s Narrative, The Bulgarian Apocryphal Chronicle, Pandeh’s Prophetic Story, The Story of Sibyl, and Razumnik-ukaz. The production of this type of medieval literature in the Byzantine-Slavonic commonwealth covers a wide variety of genres, including narrative works, chronicles, questions and answers, and brief oracles. The proliferation of this unique phenomenon of historical and apocalyptic works in medieval Bulgaria has no analogue in other Slavic literatures.


Table of contents



   Abbreviations of Libraries and Archives

   Secondary Sources

   Abbreviations of Manuscripts

   Principles of the Edition

   Abbreviations and Sigla


   Underlying Concepts and Problems

   Origin and development of prophetic literature in Byzantium

   The historical and apocalyptic works in medieval Bulgarian literature

   Periodization of historical and apocalyptic works in Medieval Bulgarian literature

   Miscellanea of prophecies in the Balkan Cyrillic manuscript tradition

   Approach in compiling and composing the historical and apocalyptic works

Mythology and Real History

   The Succession of Earthly Kingdoms and “Holy” Cities

   The Figure of the Ideal king-Saviour and Real Historical characters

   Nations: Historical Reality and Myth


   Cycle of the late 11th c.

      1. Vision and Interpretation of Daniel

      2. Narration of Isaiah

      3. Revelation of Methodius Patarensis

      4. Commentary of Hippolytus of Rome and of Hypatius of Ephesus

      5. Bulgarian apocryphal chronicle

   Cycle of the 13th–14th cc

      1. The visions of prophet Daniel

      2. Vision of prophet Isaiah of the last times

      3. Pandeh’s prophetic story

      4. Apocalypse of St Andrew the Fool-for-Christ’s-Sake

      5. The legend of the Antichrist

      6. Tale of the Twelve Dreams of King Shahinshahi

      7. Oracles of Leo the Wise

      8. Story about Sibyl

      9. Razumnik-ukaz

Works of the times under the Ottomans

   1. Sermon on the Ishmaelites of the Last Times

   2. Legend of the Turkish invasion



Историко-апокалиптичната книжнина във Византия и в средновековна България


Publisher East–West Publishing
Language English
Pages 608
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-954-321-884-4
Creation date 2011
Size 16 х 24 cm

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