The systematic research and the publication of document funds and of other categories of Romanian historical materials hosted by Zographou and Docheiariou monasteries – corroborated with the research of documents found in Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova – will enable us to learn almost everything concerning the relations between Romanians and the two great Athonite monasteries (ranking the ninth and the tenth in the current hierarchy of the Holy Mountain). The objectives of the project are as follows:

1. Publishing a volume of documents from the archive of the Zographou Monastery, according to the rules established by the prestigious collection “Archives de l’Athos”, in two editions – O.1.A. – the edition in Romanian; O.1.B. – the edition in Bulgarian

2. Publishing a volume of documents from the archive of the Docheiariou Monastery, with full text, according to the editing rules established by the national collection of sources DRH, series A and Moldavia and Walachia. Thus far, the around 900 documents have been partially discovered, mainly due to Greek abstracts published by Florin Marinescu (Η Ιερά Μονή Δοχειαρίου στη Ρουμανία. Τη λένε τα έγγραφα, Άγιον Όρος, 2009). Around 15% of them have been published within the past few years by the project manager, in collaboration with Florin Marinescu or with Ioan-Augustin Guriţă (C.2.1.1., C.2.1.7 and C.2.2.10).

3. Another objective is to analyze the relations of the Zographou and Dochiarou monasteries and of the entire Mount Athos with the Romanian Principalities, focusing on political, ecclesiastical, social and economic aspects and to publish case studies conducted after studying the documents, manuscripts and other categories of historical sources identified throughout the research.

4. Organizing an international conference, at the end of the second year allocated for the project, to continue the one to be organized in September 2016, (see http://romaniathos.uaic.ro/). The topics presented will be further developed and the number of participants will be greater, comprising other researchers in Romania and abroad, with scientific interest in the field of Romanian-Athonite relations and in the broader field of the relations between Romanian Principalities and South-Danubian Christendom.

5. Publishing the resulting studies in a volume, preferably in international languages and at a renowned publishing house in Romania or abroad.

6. Another objective is to attend national and international conferences and congresses, where team members will present the outcomes of their activities within the project.

By attaining these objectives, we will introduce original information in the national and international scientific circuit, which will contribute to a better insight into the general history of Romanians and Bulgarians (concerning the Zographou Monastery) and into special aspects such as Church history (ecclesiastical institutions, monasteries, churches, Church hierarchs), the history of towns across Moldavia and Walachia. Our project will also improve knowledge on social history (friars, boyars and peasants and the relations between these social categories) and local history (the historical evolution of towns and villages in Walachia, Moldavia and the Republic of Moldova). For instance, by studying minutely these documents, we will reveal completely new data on the Căpriana Monastery and on the city of Chişinău, on the Dobrovăţ Monastery and on the city of Iaşi or on the Slobozia lui Enache Monastery, on the city of Slobozia and the entire Ialomiţa County. In addition, by studying methodically the manuscripts from the Zographou Monastery – mostly the Slavic manuscripts – we will pinpoint interesting information on the cultural activity in Moldavia and Walachia in the 15th–17th centuries, on manuscript copyists (an important Romanian copyist and miniaturist – hieromonk Chiril Hluboceanul – activated in Zographou in the first half of the 17th century). We will also learn new details about the Romanian and Athonite miniatures. At the same time, by highlighting the historical testimonies hosted on Mount Athos and in other countries, we will find out more about the histories of the Zographou and Docheiariou monasteries, on the relations between these monasteries and the Romanian Principalities, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Russia. We believe that these relations have not been paid due attention thus far. We will also learn more on the status of these monasteries and of the Orthodox Church in general during the Ottoman domination. In order to understand the originality of the scientific investigations proposed within this project and to understand how much we know so far concerning the archives and libraries from the two Athonite monasteries, one must read the chapters on the relations between these monasteries and the Romanian Principalities. They are featured in the laborious monograph penned by Petre Ş. Năsturel (Le Mont Athos et les Roumains. Recherches sur leurs relations du milieu du XIVe siècle à 1654) and in the volumes of historical sources edited by Virgil Cândea (Mărturii românesti peste hotare. Mică enciclopedie). These chapters will enable anyone to see the scarcity of information available to the two abovementioned researchers!