Caesarius Dapontes, "Περί τῆς ἡμετέρας σεβασμίας και βασιλικῆς μονῆς τοῦ Ξηροποτάμου, παρά τίνων κτητόρων ἐκτίσθη", and a note: two texts that they should be attributed to their writer




One of the most important scholars of modern Hellenism during the 18th century was the famous monk from Xeropetamou monastery, Caesarius, known as Constantine Dapontes (1713-1784), a personality with rich literary work, and considerable activity related to the renovation of the Xeropotamou monastery.
In addition to its known comprehensive and independent works, there are also
many shorter writings –corrections and personal notes– scattered around in manuscripts and books. The recent publication of The Supplementary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts of the Xeropotamou Monastery, Mount Athos (426-557) (authored by monk Zacharias Xeropotaminos and P. Sotiroudis, of the Centre for Byzantine Research of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 2012), brought to light two such texts:
a) A small unsigned note in f. 12r at the manuscript 448 (Table 1), within the written text, above the synaxarion of the neomartyr saint Nicholas Karpenisiotis, stating that the skull of the martyr is at the Xeropotamou Monastery. By comparison of the writing characteristics and style of the unsigned text, the authors have no doubt that is coming from the hand of the monk Caesarius Dapontes.
b) The second  text  attributed to Caesarius Dapontes is also unsigned and was  found  in ff. 6r-7r of  the manuscript 494 (year 1635/6) (Table 2). It is entitled «Περί  τῆς ἡμετέρας  σεβασμίας και βασιλικῆς μονῆς τοῦ Ξηροποτάμου, παρά τίνων κτητόρων ἐκτίσθη», it is written in prose and it has replaced an existing text of the same context. We are very close to the truth , if we assume that in Barsky was known the text undone, from which it seems natural to use many elements the Dapontes too as evidenced by the several phraseological similarities.
The text, that is issued here, has been copied by Sp. Lambros and published in the journal Neos Hellinomnimon 18 (1924) pp. 354-357 with the comment: "It does not seem to be autographed by the deceased Dapontes. The copyist". Hence the hitherto modern research cites this brief story of Dapontes as anonymous. However, the comparative examination of the handwriting characteristics and style, leaves no doubt that it comes from the hand of the scholar monk from Xeropotamou Monastry, and it is estimated that it has been composed at around 1770.


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