Smilja Marjanović-Dušanić

School of Philosophy

University of Belgrade

The Byzantine Apocalyptic Tradition

A Fourteenth-century Serbian Version of the Apocalypse of Anastasia

Abstract: Early translations of the Apocalypse of Anastasia into Old Church Slavonic appear in several versions incorporated into miscellanies of the zbornik (collection) type. These texts belong to various genres of religious prose and are usually assembled in apocryphal collections about journeys to the other world. The earliest known Serbian version of the Apocalypse of Anastasia is the fourteenth-century manuscript dated to about 1380 (MS 29). The present paper gives an analysis of this narrative.

Keywords: apocalyptic literature, visions, “journeys of the soul” genre