Introduction to the Patristic Literature and Hagiology

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στη Χριστιανικη Γραμματεία και Αγιολογία / Introduction to the Patristic Literature and Hagiology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPanagiotis Yfantis
Course ID60000271

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 16
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to familiarize students both with the genres of Christian literature especially hagiography but also with the attitudes that gave rise to these texts and the attitudes that these texts helped to instil. The approach is historical-philological (historical context, literary genres, language, literary style, editions) and theological (external challenges and internal needs that contributed to the production of these texts, their themes, their apologetic, didactic and anti-heretical uses).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The first part of the course (Hagiography) examines the anthropological, Christological and ecclesiological aspects of sainthood through analysis of the hagiographic models that prevailed throughout different periods in the church’s history, from the biblical times to modern age, as they have been monumentalized in their respective narratives and the poetry of the Christian literature. The second part involves a general introduction to Christian literature: its basic genres, the various approaches to it, its historical, social and cultural context and their soteriological aims.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παναγιώτης Υφαντής, Κλήση, πορεία, μετοχή. Η πνευματική οντολογία της χριστιανικής αγιότητας, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2010.
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