Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorEleni Chrysafi
Course ID60005303

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 42
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
General concept of evil and fall, in terms of both art and Orthodox Theology, as parypostases of good -creation of the world and of man.
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to: (a) make use of their knowledge in theology in the discussion of current issues and theories that are related to the existence of evil in the world. (b) engage themselves in a dialogue with social sciences, history of the art, modern literature regarding the analysis, pictorial expression and treatment of the evil. (c) discern the epistemological boundaries of human sciences and the potential of theology.
General Competences
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. General approach of the existence of evil in the world. 2. The vision of the universe as creation from the standpoint of Orthodox Theology. 3. The importance of freedom of selection and promotion of creation (humans and angels). 4. The fall in terms of both Orthodox theology (demons and humans). 5. The consequences of the fall. 6. The angels in the theological and liturgical tradition of paganism to Christianity-The theological presuppositions of visualization of angels in Christian art. 6. The configuration of the iconography of angels in Christian art–The experience of falling in Christian traditions. 7. Treatment of Creation. 8. Nipsi and lighting. 9. The iconography of angels in Byzantine art. 10. The iconography of demons in Byzantine art. 11. The Second Coming as a time of the end. 12. Restoration and Agathotopia. 13. theological ktisiologia and modern world.
Anthropology, creation, heaven, fall, iconography, evil, satan
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
A work of students is the drafting of a summary of one of the three chapters of the manual which is distributed free and sending of electronic.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ν. Α. Ματτσούκα, Ο σατανάς, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016.
Additional bibliography for study
Αρχιμ. Σ. ΚΟΥΚΙΑΡΗΣ, Τα Θαύματα-Εμφανίσεις των Αγγέλων και Αρχαγγέλων στην Βυζαντινή τέχνη των Βαλκανίων, Αθήνα 1989. Αρχιμ. Σ. ΚΟΥΚΙΑΡΗΣ, Τα Θαύματα-Εμφανίσεις των Αγγέλων και Αρχαγγέλων στη Μεταβυζαντινή Τέχνη, Αθήνα 2006. Θ. Μ. ΠΡΟΒΑΤΑΚΗΣ, Ο Διάβολος εις την Βυζαντινήν τέχνην, Θεσσαλονίκη 1980 L. BRISSON, S. O’NEILL, A. TIMOTIN (ed.), Neoplatonic Demons and Angels, Leiden 2018. Μ. BUSSAGLI, Storia degli angeli. Racconto di immagini e di idee, Milano 1991. M. BUSSAGLI, M. D’ONOFRIO (a cura di), Le ali di Dio. Messaggeri e guerrieri alati tra Oriente e Occidente (κατάλογος έκθεσης), Milano 2000. R. CLINE, Ancient Angels. Conceptualizing Angeloi in the Roman Empire, Leiden-Boston 2011. J. DANIÉLOU, Les anges et leur mission, Paris 1951. DUSTON, A. NESSELRATH (eds), The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican (κατάλογος έκθεσης), Alexandria-New York 1998. D. HANNAH, Michael and Christ: Michael Traditions and Angel Christology in Early Christianity, Tübingen 1999. I. IRIBARREN, M. LENZ (eds.), Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry. Their Function and Significance, Surrey-Burlington 2008. R. LAVATORI, Gli angeli. Storia e pensiero, Genova 1991. E. MUEHLBERGER, Angels in Late Ancient Christianity, Oxford 2013. G. PEERS, Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium, Berkeley/Los Angeles/London 2001. C. PROVERBIO, La figura dell’angelo nella civiltà paleocristiana, Todi 2007. J. P. ROHLAND, Der Erzengel Michael. Artz und Feldherr. Zwei Aspekte des vor- und frühbyzantinischen Michaelskultes (Beihefte der Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte, 19), Leiden 1977.
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