Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
-Describe basic aspects of the Slavic Churches history
-Approach Slavic Orthodoxy in the Balkans during the Ottoman period
-Analyze text content critically within the context of their historical relevance
-Evaluate the historical, social, and cultural significance of the Slavic Churches
Course Content (Syllabus)
The subject of the course is the study of the history of the Slavic Churches from Christianity to modern times. The thematic fields are analyzed: Initial cradle, the proto-language, migrations and final settlement of the Slavs. Early civilization and mythology. New Europe in the 9th c. Christian baptism. Establishment of the Churches of Bulgaria and Serbia. Roush's baptism. Slavo-German competition. The Byzantine mission in Moravia. Inclusion of Bulgarians, Russians and Serbs in the cultural sphere of influence of Byzantium. Church in the Slavic states of the Balkans, Russia, Kiev and Moscow until the 14th century. The Russian Patriarchate. Heresies and scisms in Central-Eastern Europe. Ecclesiastical fraternities of the people in Eastern Europe. Slavic Orthodoxy in the Balkans during the Ottoman Period. The Synodal Period of the Russian Church. Local Slavic Churches on their way to self-sufficiency or autonomy. Re-establishment of the Russian Patriarchate. The 20th century in the history of the Slavic Churches. The course is conducted with a combination of interpretive methods. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the history of the Slavic Churches of the Eurasian space, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1α. Δημήτριος Β. Γόνης, Ιστορία των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών Βουλγαρίας και Σερβίας, Αθήνα, εκδ. «Αρμός», 2001.
1β. Βλάσιος Φειδάς, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία της Ρωσίας. 988-1988 (Από την ίδρυσή της μέχρι σήμερα), Αθήνα, εκδ. «Αποστολική Διακονία», 1997.