Erlangen Manuscript

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Erlangen Manuscript (Serbian: Ерлангенски рукопис) is a Cyrillic manuscript dated between 1716 and 1733 that contain one of the earliest written collections (217 songs) of epic poetry written in the Serbo-Croatian language.[1] The unnamed author wrote the manuscript for the Austrian military commander Prince Eugene of Savoy, a governor in Habsburg-occupied Serbia.[2] It was discovered in 1913 by the Germanist Elias von Steinmeyer in the University Library in Erlangen and studied in depth by Gerhard Gesemann who used it for his habilitation in 1921. It was first published to the public in Sremski Karlovci in 1925.

The Erlangen Manuscript is mixture of Christian (Serb, Croat) and Muslim (Bosniak) songs. The estimation of the number of Muslim songs vary between 36 and 46.[3]


  1. ^ Brkić, Jovan (1961). Moral concepts in traditional Serbian epic poetry. 's-Gravenhage: Mouton. p. 25. Retrieved 25 November 2011. Erlangen Manuscript. - The manuscript was written in the Cyrillic alphabet. The songs in it were collected after 1716 and before 1733 
  2. ^ Medenica & Aranitović 1987, p. 23.
  3. ^ Medenica & Aranitović 1987, pp. 13, 18.