The Digital Library of Leimonos Monastery aims at highlighting the written cultural legacy that can be found at the display bookshelves and the cases of Leimonos Library during the five centuries of its operation, from 1526 A.D until today. The library was established within the framework of the program “Elevation and promotion of the cultural wealth of Leimonos Monastery, Lesvos with the use of new technologies”.
The Digital Library is divided, as in its initial prototype, into three parts, the collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts, the Library of prototype books and the Archive of Greek and Ottoman documents.
This website presents part of Leimonos written wealth, while summary descriptions are also included. Specifically, more than 108 manuscripts are presented and some of the monastery’s old documents and books as well. Our future goal is the constant renewal of the Digital Library not only by enriching descriptions, but also by publishing the monastery’s written wealth with the ultimate aim of highlighting its whole part.
For any further information concerning the material and its scientific utilization, you can contact the Assistant Professor Apostolos Spanos, who is responsible for the Digital Library.
The following twenty-two MSS (subdivisions liturgical and patristic) are available for download (!):
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 35 = GA 1156 (ff. 121-156)
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 67 = GA 1157
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 97 = GA 1158
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 99 = GA 1159
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 141 = GA 1712
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 145 = GA 1713
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 227 = GA 1714
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 132 = GA 1757
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 195 = GA 1758
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 55 = GA 1841
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 294 = GA 2217
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 507 = GA 2220
In the printed K. Liste the library shelfmark was indicated as no. 355, but, in the library catalogue and the digital Liste it is 507.
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 360 = GA 2682
(Apparently, this is considered a "lectionary" by the cataloguers, whereas it meets the common definition of a continuous text MS by the standards of NTTC, as reflected in the K. Liste – see further Ulrich Schmid's comment below)
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 1 = GA L798
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 37 = GA L799
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 38 = GA L800
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 40 = GA L801
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 41 = GA L802
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 66 = GA L803
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 137 = GA L1211
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 344 = GA L2055
Ms. Lesbiacus Leimonos 368 = GA L2056
There are still six registered MSS missing from this archive (GA 1715, GA 2218, GA 2681, GA L1210, GA L1212, GA L1213).
The Digital Library offers descriptions to each of the MSS, which I have not linked to here.
HT: Ulrich Schmid (VMR news 2011-03-16).