Introduction to the Patristic Literature and Hagiology

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στη Χριστιανικη Γραμματεία και Αγιολογία / Introduction to the Patristic Literature and Hagiology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPanagiotis Yfantis
Course ID60000271

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 26
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
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 (Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
to know the Christian literature and especially hagiography to understand the attitudes that gave rise to these texts and the attitudes that these texts helped to instil to approach texts historically and philologically (historical context, literary genres, language, style, publications) to be aware of the external challenges and internal needs that contributed to the writing of the texts (their themes, their apologetic, didactic and anti-heretical uses).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The first part of the course (Hagiography) examines the anthropological, Christological and ecclesiological aspects of sainthood through analysis of the hagiographic models that prevailed throughout different periods in the church’s history, from the biblical times to modern age, as they have been monumentalized in their respective narratives and the poetry of the Christian literature. The second part involves a general introduction to Christian literature: its basic genres, the various approaches to it, its historical, social and cultural context and their soteriological aims.
Christian Literature, Patrology, Hagiography
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
written formative essay, oral or written final exams
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παναγιώτης Υφαντής, Μάχη Καταλλαγής. Άνθρωπος, συνάνθρωπος, Θεάνθρωπος στις αρένες της θέωσης, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2018.
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