The students will have a complete picture of the phenomenon of hegemonic holiness in the Orthodox Slavic world, which is a particular aspect of the hagiological tradition of the Orthodox Church. In particular, students will learn about the model of the first Christian emperor, Agios Konstantinos, on which the tradition of the later saintly rulers of both the Greek and the Orthodox Slavic world is based. Then again, through the sources, they will know the cases of the holy rulers of medieval Bulgaria, Russia and Serbia, who have stamped not only the tradition of the saint ruler in each of the above countries but also the historical developments the spiritual identity of each people.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course presents the history and evolution of hegemonic holiness in the of Orthodox Slavic world during the Middle Ages, when their holy tradition was shaped. The presentation of the hegemonic holiness in the Orthodox Slavic world begins with the archetypical form of Saint Constantine as the Slavic world hired after its Christianization. Also, the special models of the holy rulers of the medieval Bulgaria, Russia and Serbia who are presented, as soon as their special typological characteristics, their relationship with the Saint Constantine's archetype and the tradition of hegemonic holiness they established in their peoples.
Holy Rulers, Hegemonic Holiness, Orthodox Slavic World, Holy Dynasty, Holy Rus,