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Transneft Volga Region, JSC gifted the facsimile edition of the Illuminated Compiled Chronicle of Ivan the Terrible to Samara Regional Universal Research Library

Date of publication: 07 July 2015 Print

Transneft Volga Region, JSC gifted the facsimile edition of the Illuminated Compiled Chronicle of Ivan the Terrible to Samara Regional Universal Research Library

The Illuminated Compiled Chronicle including events of the world and Russian history was created in the XVI century by order of Ivan the Terrible for the tsar’s library. The greatest scribes and icon painters of the XVI century worked on it under the guidance of Saint Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia. The ancient word “illuminated” used in the name of the chronicle may be translated now as “illustrated”, which is due to more than 16,000 highly artistic illustrations contained in the edition. The facsimile edition of the Chronicle includes both the original text and its translation into the modern Russian language. The project for creation of this edition supported by Transneft, JSC aimed at significant extension of the specialists’ access to this literary monument and its aggregation to the world literature heritage.

Samara Regional Research Library now keeps this edition in the Rare Book Section and access to it is open to all lovers of Russian history and culture. Throughout the month an exhibition will be held at which everyone interested may have a look at these rare objects.

2015 has been announced the Year of Literature in the Russian Federation by Decree of President Vladimir Putin. Within the scope of the Year each Russian city holds events aimed at encouragement of interest to Russian and world literature, outreach of reading and everything to do with the book culture. In his address to readers V. Putin noted, “The Illuminated Compiled Chronicle of the XVI century deserves to be named an outstanding cultural monument which belongs to the world civilization heritage”.