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

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Koinōnikīs THeologías kai CΗristianikoý Politismoý (2023 kai exīs)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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)
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 related to the existence of good and evil in the world. (b) engage themselves in a dialogue with social sciences, history of the art, modern literature regarding the analysis and the artistic expression of the good and the evil.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is an interdisciplinary approach to Angelology and Demonology through their biblical background, Orthodox theological and liturgical tradition, literature and Christian Art in Byzantium and the West. COURSE SYLLABUS 1. Introduction to Angelology and Demonology - Approach to Orthodox teaching on spirits (good and evil) - General view of the existence of evil in the world from the standpoint of Orthodox Theology and art. 2. Angelology and Demonology in the Old Testament and Judaism. 3. Angelology and Demonology in the New Testament and the Christian Apocryphal Literature. 4. The Angels in the Ecclesiastical Literature and the Liturgical Texts. - Angels in the teaching of Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers. 5. The theological conditions of the depiction of Angels in Christian art. 6. The framing of the iconography of Angels in Byzantine and Western Christian art. 7. The Iconographic Circle of Miracles-Appearances of Angels and Archangels in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art. 8. Angels as celestial deacons and as members of the heavenly court in written sources and art. 9. The Iconography of Demons in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art. 10. The Second Coming as the time of the end. - Byzantine and post-Byzantine representations of the Future Crisis. 11. The iconography of Angels and Demons in the Christian art of the West. 12. Angels and Demons in literature, theater, and cinema. 13. Course conclusions - Presentation of students’ projects/thesis.
Angelology - Demonology - Ιconography of Αngels - Ιconography of Demons
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 Assigment30
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities10
Written assigments10
Student Assessment
Students are assessed by oral exams at the end of the semester (100% summative assessment).
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ν. ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΑΣ, Δογματική και συμβολική θεολογία Δ’: 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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