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The Byzantine prophetical visions in the narrative texts from the Romanian Principalities (XV-XVI cent.)

Author: Prohin Andrei
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.02 - History of Romanians (with specification of time period)
Scientific adviser: Emil Dragnev
doctor, associate professor (docent), Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 28 October, 2015
Approved by NCAA on the 22 December, 2015


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CZU 94 (498) „14/15” + 008 (498:495-44) „14/15”

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176 pages


Byzantine prophetical visions, eschatology, medieval visions, divination, historical thought, narrative texts, Byzantine heritage, Romanian Principalities


Structure of the dissertation. The work consists of annotations, introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography of 280 titles, appendix, basic text on 150 pages. The results of the investigation were presented in 22 scientific publications.

Field of study: Romanian medieval culture, Byzantine studies, medieval thought. Goal and objectives. The goal of the dissertation is to study the presence of the Byzantine prophetical visions within the horizon of knowledge of scholars from the Romanian Principalities, in the XV-XVI c. The objectives of the dissertation comprise establishing the forms and significances of Byzantine prophecies, of their influence in the Romanian medieval works, the analysis of the historical thought within Byzantine prophetical visions and their use in the comprehension of historic evolutions during the XV-XVI c.

Scientific innovation and originality. The study reconstructs a field from the knowledge of the Romanian scholars, comprising Byzantine prophecies, less studied in the Romanian historiography. Using manuscript and edited sources, the author determined the peculiarities, significances and influence of the Byzantine prophecies within the written culture of the Romanian Principalities. The originality of the results consists in the analysis of Byzantine prophecies, as expressions of historical thought, and their contribution in the esteem of events.

Solution of the scientific problem. During the research were determined the forms, significances and influence of Byzantine prophetical visions in the narrative texts from the Romanian Principalities, from the XV-XVI c., a fact that enabled us to reconstruct a field of knowledge of medieval scholars, in order to highlight the specific features of the Byzantine cultural heritage and worldview of scholars from the Romanian medieval area.

The theoretical significance of the research consists in the analysis of the features of Byzantine prophecies within the context of the culture and spiritual life from the Romanian Principalities, during the XV-XVI c.

Applicative value. The results of the investigation can be applied within the studies of Romanian medieval culture, of Byzantine influence in the Romanian Principalities. Implementation of the results. The work can be used in university courses, in the elaboration of dissertations, schoolbooks and informative materials concerning the Romanian medieval culture.