Themes in ancient and byzantine philosophy A

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΑΡΧΑΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΗΣ ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΙΑΣ Α΄. / Themes in ancient and byzantine philosophy A
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Bozinis
Course ID60005112

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
A deeper acquaintance of the students with the political thought of Christianity.The following are particularly set as learning objectives: (a) the cultivation of scientific reflection in the students concerning the complex web between Church and state, and more spefically (b) their recognition of the philosophical background of the deep-rooted in eastern Orthodox tradition ideal of "συναλληλία". Furthermore,(c) the comprehension of the similarities and differences that exist between the political thought of Christianity and modern concepts about society, civil institutions and the state.
General Competences
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF CHRISTIANISM In the framework of this seminar we examine with the aid of primary sources the Christian political philosophy in its development from the times of New Testament till the last centuries of Byzantine Empire. The general title of the seminar is "The Political Thought of Chistianism" and its syllabus as following: 1. Origins an Background: Kingship, messianism and theocracy in ancient Israel. The political thought of Graeco-roman world. 2. Jesus' movement in Palestine and the political thought of NT: Romans 13 and Revelation 13. 3. The "synchronistic parallelism": Apologetics and Apocalyptism in Early Church. 4. Constantine the Gr. and Eusebius of Caesarea: the christianization of the Roman imperial ideology. 5. Spiritual and secular power: the emergence of institutional dualism in early Byzantium. 6. The social teaching of the Fathers of the Church. 7. The "De civitate Dei" of Augustine. 8. Justinian and the political ideals of Byzantine Empire. 9. The imperial ideology from 7th century till the end of image struggle and the crystallization of the Church-state relationship. 10. Βασιλικός ανδριάς: Byzantine mirrors of princes. 11. Τhe late Byzantine period. 12. The "Laws" of Plethon Gemistos. 13. Overview and conclusions.
Church-state relationship, Christianity-Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Byzantine Political Ideology, History of Ideas, Fathers of the Church-Social teaching, Byzantine Philosophy, Hellenism and Christianity
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Written work at the end of the semester, while taking into consideration the active participation of the student in class and the undertaking of work, which they present before the professor and their fellow students.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
1.Αγουρίδης, Σ., Η Αποκάλυψη του Ιωάννη, Ερμηνεία Καινής Διαθήκης 18, Θεσσαλονίκη 1994 2.Καραγιαννόπουλος, Ι.Ε., Η πολιτική θεωρία των Βυζαντινών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1992 3.Μποζίνης, Κ., Ο Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος για το Imperium Romanum (Μελέτη πάνω στην πολιτική σκέψη της Αρχαίας Εκκλησίας), Αθήνα 2003 4.Χρήστου, Κ. Π., Ο «βασιλικός ανδριάς» του Νικηφόρου Βλεμμύδη (Συμβολή στην πολιτική θεωρία των Βυζαντινών), Θεσσαλονίκη 1996 5.Χρήστου Π., Η κοινωνιολογία του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου, Αθήνα 1951 6.Dvornik F., Early Christian and Byzantine Political Philosophy (Origins and Background), τόμ. Α΄-Β΄, Washington D.C. 1966 7.Novak, M.R., Χριστιανισμός και Ρωμαïκή αυτοκρατορία, μτφ. Ν. Σιδέρη, Αθήνα 2008 8.Theissen, G., Καίρια χαρακτηριστικά της κίνησης του Ιησού: κοινωνιολογική θεώρηση (Συμβολή στην ιστορία γένεσης του αρχέγονου χριστιανισμού), μτφ. Δ. Χαρισοπούλου-Θ. Σωτηρίου, Αθήνα 1997 9.Veyne, P., Όταν ο κόσμος μας έγινε χριστιανικός (312-394 μ.Χ.), μτφ. Γ. Καράμπελας,Αθήνα 2013
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