Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDimosthenis Kaklamanos
Course ID60005091

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 182
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims to present the sources and genres of the early Christian and Byzantine hagiography and the basic terminology of hagiography. It offers a detailed account of the most prominent writers of hagiographical texts and the most important milestones of hagiography in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods. It also examines the ‘choruses’ of the saints, their ‘boldness’ and their intercessions with God. It approaches miracles from a theological perspective and examines the respective collections. It explores the theological establishment of the honour of the saints and the sacred relics, as well as the history and the contemporary canonical procedure for the canonisation of new saints. Finally, it provides a historical outline of the church calendar. 1. Introductory Issues for the scientific branch of Hagiography, its place inside the science of Theology and its relation with other human sciences. The history of the hagiographic studies in Greece and abroad. 2. Hagiographic genres: Acts and Passions (Martyria), ancient martyrological collections, apocryphal sources, Lives and Enkomia 3. Hagiographic genres: Ascetic-hagiographic collections, Synaxaria and Menologia,Narrationes animae utiles, Collections of Miracles, Revelations 4. An Historical-literary overview of the hagiographic literature (2nd-7th cent.) 5. An Historical-literary overview of the hagiographic literature (8th-15th cent.) 6. An Historical-literary overview of the hagiographic literature of the post-byzantine literature 7. The term "saint" and the cult of saints during the byzantine period 8. Groups of Saints in the byzantine tradition 9. The Neomartyrs (new martyrs) and the theological framework of the cult of the new saints 10. The procedure for the official recognition of new Saints in Orthodox and Roman-Catholic Church 11. The cult of the holy relics in orthodox tradition: Theology, use and misuse 12. The Parrhesia, the intervention and the miracles of the Saints 13. The Christian Church calendar and its evolution
Hagiography, cult of saints, Martyrs, New Saints, Groups of Saints, Church Calendar, recognition of Saints, relics, hagiographic genres
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • 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 audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips). Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on Blackboard. Communication and research counseling through e-mails
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.8
Written assigments160.6
Student Assessment
A two-hour final written exam on the material covered throughout the semester (80%), class participation and a written assignment (20%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Βυζαντινή και Μεταβυζαντινή Αγιολογία. Γραμματεία - Θεολογία - Κείμενα, εκδ. Αλτιντζής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017
Additional bibliography for study
Τσάμης Δ., Αγιολογία της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004 Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου εις τιμήν και μνήμην των Νεομαρτύρων (17-19 Νοεμβρίου 1986), Θεσσαλονίκη 1988. Πάσχος Π. Β., Άγιοι, οι φίλοι του Θεού. Εισαγωγή στην Αγιολογία της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 21997 Ο άγιος και ο μάρτυρας στη ζωή της Εκκλησίας. Εισηγήσεις ΙΒ΄ Συνεδρίου Πατερικής Θεολογίας, Αθήνα 1994 Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Εν Αγίοις. Ειδικά θέματα Βυζαντινής και Μεταβυζαντινής Αγιολογίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012 S. Efthymiadis (ἐπιμ.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography, τ. 1: Periods and Places, Farnham–Burlington 2011
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