The nine papers collected in this volume examine, from different perspectives, the cultural and linguistic relationship between Latin and (Church) Slavonic from the prehistoric period until the end of the Middle Ages, offering interesting material and providing fresh insights for comparison with other linguistic areas, epochs or textual traditions. Notwithstanding the different approaches used, all the papers share an empirical character: they actually present first-hand insights, refreshing ideas and hitherto unknown or unexplored material. They are not only about linguistic and textual contacts, but also contain, just through these contacts, the analysis of theological and philological ideas, which acted as a stimulus for further cultural development, independently of the sympathetic or hostile reception they received among Slavs.
Vittorio S. Tomelleri is Associate professor of Slavonic Philology at the University of Macerata, Department of Humanities (Italy).
Inna V. Verner is research fellow at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation), Ph.D. in Russian Language (1997).