Methodology

The research methodology has been valorising the methods specific to each discipline involved in the project and the skills of each team member. The specific methods come both from the historical research and from the special history-related sciences: archive studies, Romanian–Cyrillic palaeography, Slavonian palaeography, Greek palaeography, genealogy, heraldry, sigillography, and history of the Church, art history, law history, and field surveys. We will elaborate the volumes of documents according to the scientific rules established for the collection Documenta Romaniae Historica and for the catalogues of documents within the National Romanian Archives. The final volume of studies will be elaborated in foreign languages and published at a prestigious publishing house.

The researchers within the research team of this project and other researchers in Romania and abroad – with scientific preoccupations in the field – will participate to the final volume of studies. The project team comprises eight researchers: six researchers with experience in researching and editing documents on the mediaeval and pre-modern history of Romanians, as well as two PhD candidates. Besides Petronel Zahariuc, the team comprises the following members. 1. Florin Marinescu, PhD – researcher within the Centre for Neohellenic Research in Athens (Greece), the best in the field on Romanian archives on Mount Athos – has published several volumes of documents within the archives of Athonite monasteries, some of them in collaboration with Petronel Zahariuc, as well as many studies and articles, starting from the Romanian documentary treasure kept on the Holy Mountain; in 2007, he published a synthesis of Romanians’ history: Românii. Istorie si civilizaţie, Iolkos Publishing House, Athens (in Greek). 2. Assoc. Prof. Laurenţiu Rădvan, Faculty of History, “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi, one of the best Romanian specialists in urban history, the author of important books and studies published in the country and abroad. 3. Gheorghe Lazăr, principal research scientist II, “N. Iorga” Institute of History, Bucharest, one of the best Romanian specialist son social history and one of the main editors of the collection Documenta Romaniae Historica. 4. Assoc. Prof. Bogdan–Petru Maleon, Faculty of History, “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi, a well-known specialist in Romanian ecclesiastic history, with solid preoccupations for the scientific research of the Byzantine Empire history. 5. Assist. Prof. Liviu Pilat, Faculty of History, “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi, specialist in the history of political ideas and in social history (14th–17th centuries), with preoccupations for the study of the rapports between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church. 6. PhD candidate Nikolaos Mertzimekis, Byzantinist, 10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Greece, one of the best known specialists in the field of Romanian historical patrimony on Mount Athos, with reference studies in the field, published in the past years; the subject of his PhD thesis is Inscripţiile mănăstirii Zografos de la Muntele Athos. 7. PhD candidate Sorin Grigoruţă, “A.D. Xenopol” Institute of History, Iaşi, has worked to a PhD thesis on social history (17th–18th centuries) and it is a member in the editing collective of the sources on mediaeval and pre-modern history of Romanians.

Taking into account the objectives proposed, I have decided, with the team members, the following workplan. In order to elaborate the volumes of documents within the archive of the Simonopetra Monastery, I have divided the activities necessary to the scientific editing into three parts, with one year per activity. To elaborate the volume of studies, we will work with staggered hours; this way, at the end of the three years, the work volume will be completed. The members of the research team will present communications at conferences in the country and abroad and they have studies published in national and international journals, resulted from the documentation for this research project, with the acknowledgment of the grant. In order to achieve these objectives, the research team benefits from the fact that the general documentation on the theme was done largely in the past and to the fact that all researchers have skills in the field of history research and of editing techniques for old documents. Some of them are also experienced in researching the history of the Romanian–Athonite relations.

The members of the research team will have the following responsibilities. 1. Petronel Zahariuc: transcription and translation of the Slavic documents (one year); transcription of the Romanian–Cyrillic documents (one year); elaboration of indices and introductory studies (one year); elaborating studies on the history and evolution of certain monasteries in Moldavia and Walachia, subordinated to Mount Athos. 2. Florin Marinescu: transcription of Greek documents and collaboration to the transcription of the Romanian–Cyrillic documents (two years); collaboration to the introductory study for the volume with document abstracts (one year); developing relations with Mount Athos; elaborating studies on the state of old Romanian documents and books on Mount Athos. 3. Laurenţiu Rădvan: participation to the transcription of the Romanian–Cyrillic documents (one year); elaborating studies on the place of the subordinated monasteries within the urban topography and to the economic factor role of the ecclesiastic establishments (one year); studying the rapports between monasteries and the city, as well as between monasteries and the State (one year). 4. Gheorghe Lazăr: participation to the transcription and translation of Slavic documents (one year); elaborating studies on the relations between the social categories in Walachia (one year); elaborating studies on the status of the subordinated monasteries in the Romanian Principalities (one year). 5. Bogdan–Petru Maleon: research on the status of Mount Athos in the Byzantine Empire (one year); elaborating studies on the interaction between the Romanian and Greek clergy (one year); collaborating to indices and abstracts in international languages (one year). 6. Liviu Pilat: participation to the transcription of the Romanian–Cyrillic documents (one year); research on the beginning of the relations between Mount Athos and the Romanian Principalities (one year); compared research on the founding right in the Byzantine Empire, Bulgaria, Serbia, and the Romanian Principalities (one year). 7. Nikolaos Mertzimekis: participation to the transcription and translation of Greek documents (one year); completing the repertory of Romanian artistic testimonies within the monasteries on Mount Athos (one year); elaborating studies based on historical testimonies discovered on Mount Athos (one year). 8. Sorin Grigoruţă: participation to the transcription of the Romanian–Cyrillic documents (one year); collaboration for the indices of the volumes of documents (one year); research on the situation of the subordinated monasteries in the Romanian Principalities (one year).

We believe that this workplan is well balanced in time, entirely feasible in terms of existing and proposed resources; at the same time, it reflects a good application of the project objectives.