Christian literature and Theology of the period after the Fall of Byzantium

Course Information
TitleΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΗ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΩΣΗ ΧΡΟΝΩΝ / Christian literature and Theology of the period after the Fall of Byzantium
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAnna Karamanidou
Course ID60005063

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of this course, the students will have acquired knowledge of Greek theological literature of the Post-Byzantine and Modern Ecclesiastical periods, based on the sources in order to become competent in their knowledge of the figures of the Fathers and Church Writers (i.e. of their life, work, and teaching) in examination, who shaped the theological thought in the aforementioned time period, and to work out and comprehend theological and philosophical concepts in modern theological texts. It is also an aim for the students to be able to use the ecclesiastical sources of the Post-Byzantine period and to acquire a knowledge of related works.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
Course Content (Syllabus)
Familiarity with the Ecclesiastical literature of the post-byzantine period until today. The course aims at consolidating the life, work and teaching of the Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers of the period after the Fall. (from 1453 and on). The scope of the course is the life, the writings and the teaching of the Fathers and the Ecclesiastical writers who acted in the years after the Fall of Constantinople up to today. The relevant historical, philological and mainly theological issues are encountered, opening up to new perspectives and important reviews for research. A thorough analysis and anatomy of the Fathers’ and Ecclesiastical writers’ thinking is attempted. Under this thinking, the theological thinking was developed and evolved, in comparison to the preceding Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers. 1. “Επόμενοι τοις θείοις Πατράσι’’. Introduction to the Christian Literature from 1453 up to today. 2. Similarities and differences of the Christian Literature in the Turkish rule period in comparison with the history of the post – byzantine theology. 3. The impact of the teaching of the preceding Fathers and of St Gregorius Palamas, in the Post-byzantine theology. 4. The development of the Christian Literature of reform, anti- reform, piety, and enlightenment. Representatives of the Protestant Theology (life – work – teaching). 5. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Theology (life – work – teaching). 6. Representatives of piety. Theology of the years of enlightenment. 7. Greek Theology. Dogmatists of the 16th century. (life – work – teaching). Enotikoi (life – work – teaching). 8. The struggle of Confessions (1590 – 1752). Writers of the Confessions (life – work – teaching). Apostles of the Nations (life- work – teaching). 9. The Theologians from seat of the 17th century (life – work – teaching). Orthologistes 16th – 19th century. (life – work – teaching). Monks of Athos (life – work – teaching). 10. Greek Theology of the 19th century. 11. Interpretation of the Fathers’ works in Turkish rule period. 12. Interpretation of the Fathers’ works in the Turkish rule period. 13. Recap – Conclusions – Perspectives.
Theology, Literature, Ottoman Occupation, Orthodox Tradition, Reformation, Anti-Reformation, Enlightenment
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment431.7
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Written assigments60.2
Student Assessment
Undertaking and preparing exercises (20%). Written examination (80%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
PODSKALSKY G., Η Ελληνική θεολογία επί Τουρκοκρατίας 1453-1821. Η Ορθοδοξία στη σφαίρα επιρροής των δυτικών δογμάτων μετά τη μεταρρύθμιση. Μετάφραση Γ. Μεταλληνός, εκδ. Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης, Aθήνα 2005.
Additional bibliography for study
ΚΑΛΙΑΚΜΑΝΗΣ Β., (πρωτ.), Θεολογικά ρεύματα στην Τουρκοκρατία, [Φιλοσοφική και Θεολογική Βιβλιοθήκη 62], εκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. ΔΑΜΟΔΟΣ Β., Θεολογία Δογματική κατά Συντομίαν ἤ τε Συνταγμάτιον Θεολογικόν, Εισαγωγή, Κριτική Έκδοση – Σχόλια, Γ. Μεταλληνός, εκδ. Ιερά Μεγίστη Μονή Βατοπαιδίου, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008. K. ΣΑΘΑΣ, Νεοελληνική φιλολογία. Βιογραφίαι των εν τοις γράμμασι διαλαμψάντων Ελλήνων, από της καταλύσεως της βυζαντινής αυτοκρατορίας μέχρι της Ελληνικής εθνεγερσίας (1453-1821), Αθήνα 1868 (ανατ. Αθήνα χ.χ.) K. ΣΑΘΑΣ, Μεσαιωνική Βιβλιοθήκη Γ΄, Βενετία 1872 (ανατ. Αθήνα 1972). Γ. ΚΑΡΝΟΥΤΟΣ, Λόγιοι της Τουρκοκρατίας, Τόμ. Α΄-Β΄, Αθήνα 1956. Μ. ΜANUSSACAS, “Structure sociale de l’ hellénisme post-byzantin”, Jhb. Öste. Byz., 31, 2(1981)791-821 Π. ΧΡΗΣΤΟΥ, Εκκλησιαστική Γραμματολογία. Πατέρες και Θεολόγοι του Χριστιανισμού, τόμ. Β΄, εκδ. Κυρομάνος, Θεσσαλονίκη 22003.
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