The Christian Church in the Orthodox Liturgical and Byzantine Arts Tradition.

Course Information
TitleΟ Χριστιανικός Ναός: Ορθόδοξη λειτουργική και βυζαντινή καλλιτεχνική παράδοση. / The Christian Church in the Orthodox Liturgical and Byzantine Arts Tradition.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorEleni Chrysafi
Course ID600015755

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
Applied TheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
Course Content (Syllabus)
Aspects of the theological background, functional conditions, typological evolution, symbolic dimension and aesthetic view of Christian architecture will be studied. The evolution of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and iconography from the Early Christian to the Late Byzantine period will be examined. Special reference will be made to the architectural types of the Byzantine temples and their subdivisions. The decoration of Christian temples will be briefly examined and the most important stations in the shaping of the iconographic cycle and of the various artistic currents in monumental painting, sculpture and miniature will be presented. 1. The historical context and theological conditions of the Byzantine cultural tradition: artistic production and ecclesiastical architecture. 2. Orthodox functional and Byzantine church building. 3. The parts of the temple and their symbolism. 4. The decoration of the Christian temple. 5. Ecclesiastical architecture during the early Christian and early Byzantine periods. 6. Ecclesiastical architecture during the middle Byzantine period. 7. Ecclesiastical architecture during the late Byzantine period. 8. The formation of Byzantine painting in the early Christian centuries. 9. Byzantine painting during the middle Byzantine period. 10. Byzantine painting in the late Byzantine period. 11. The Aesthetic Character of Christian Art (Part I): Byzantine Architecture - Form, composition, technique, space, light, decoration. 12. The Aesthetic Character of Christian Art (Part II): Byzantine Painting - Hagiography, style, perspective. 13. Presentation of student projects/thesis, discussion, comments and lesson conclusions.
Byzantine Architecture, Byzantine painting, Aesthetics of Byzantine Art
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Γ. ΖΩΓΡΑΦΙΔΗΣ, Βυζαντινή φιλοσοφία της εικόνας. Μια ανάγνωση του Ιωάννη Δαμασκηνού, Αθήνα 1997. Κ. ΛΟΥΔΟΒΙΚΟΣ, Περί εικονογραφικής ιεραρχίας, Αθήνα 2004. Π. Α. ΜΙΧΕΛΗΣ, Αισθητική θεώρηση της Βυζαντινής Τέχνης, εκδ. Ίδρυμα Παναγιώτη και Έφης Μιχελή (η΄ έκδοση), Αθήνα 2015. Κ. ΜΠΑΡΟΥΤΑΣ, Το πρόβλημα της ελευθερίας στη βυζαντινή τέχνη, Αθήνα 2002. V. BYCHKOV, Βυζαντινή Αισθητική. Θεωρητικά προβλήματα, Αθήνα 1999. Ν. ΠΑΝΣΕΛΗΝΟΥ, Βυζαντινή Ζωγραφική. Η βυζαντινή κοινωνία και οι εικόνες της, Αθήνα 2000. Ι. ΠΟΤΑΜΙΑΝΟΣ, Το Φως στη βυζαντινή εκκλησία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2000. Σ. ΤΡΙΑΝΤΑΡΗ-ΜΑΡΑ, Η έννοια του κάλλους στο Διονύσιο Αρεοπαγίτη. Θεωρητική προσέγγιση της βυζαντινής τέχνης, Θεσσαλονίκη 20002. Α. ΤΑΝΤΣΗΣ, Η αρχιτεκτονική σύνθεση στο Βυζάντιο, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012. Ε. ΧΑΤΖΗΤΡΥΦΩΝΟΣ / S. CURCIC (επιμ.), Η Αρχιτεκτονική ως Εικόνα (κατάλογος έκθεσης - Μουσείο Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού), Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. R. CORMACK, Writing in Gold. Byzantine Society and its Icons, London 1985. N. CVIJETIC / M. VASILJEVIC (ed.), Seeing the Invisible. Proceedings of the Symposium on Aesthetics of the Christian Image (Stanford University, March 5, 2016), Alhambra 2016. L. JAMES, Light and Colour in Byzantine Art, Oxford 1996. H. MAGUIRE, Art and Eloquence, New Jersey 1981. C. MANGO, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453, Toronto-Buffalo-London 1986. K. MARSENGILL, Portraits and Icons. Between Reality and Spirituality in Byzantine Art, Turnhout 2013. L. SAFRAN (ed.), Heaven on Earth. Art and the Church in Byzantium, University Park-Pennsylvania 1998. C.A. TSAKIRIDOU, Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity. Orthodox Theology and the Aesthetics of the Christian Image, Surrey-Burlington 2013. C. WALTER, Art and Ritual of the Byzantine Church, London 1982.
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