GEORGI PARPULOV (Oxford)
In the early thriteenth century, an anonymous monk at the Lavra of Saint Athanasius on Mount Athos marked all books that his monastery owned at the time. His annotations were the subject of a pioneering study by B. L. Fonkinch (1967) but have not yet been fully collected and systematically examined. Most are shelfmarks, recording every single volume's exact place, e.g. "third book of the second shelf". Some indicate where the monastery's books were housed. As a whole, the anonymous librarian's entries throw light on the physical conditions under which manuscripts were kept in a typical middle-Byzantine monastic library. They are thus of some relevance for the study of Byzantine culture.