The Feasts of the Theotokos: History - Literature - Theology - Art

Course Information
TitleΟι θεομητορικές εορτές: Ιστορία-Γραμματεία-Θεολογία-Τέχνη / The Feasts of the Theotokos: History - Literature - Theology - Art
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDimosthenis Kaklamanos
Course ID600015864

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
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 (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the semester, students will be expected to: - recognize and describe the historical development of the feasts referring to Virgin Mary - recognize, analyze and describe and compare between the various kinds of the texts in prose and verse that relate to the feasts of the Theotokos - analyze and describe the development of the iconographic depiction of the feasts of the Theotokos
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The historical framework of the birth, establishment and development of the feasts of the Theotokos will be presented, and the historical-grammatological and theological texts that relate to the feasts of the Theotokos will be analysed. Moreover, representations of the life of the Theotokos will be presented through iconography. 1. The Theotokos in the Worship of the Church. 2. Sources of the Life of the Theotokos – Apocrypha for the Theotokos– «Lives» of the Theotokos. 3. Feast of the Conception of the Theotokos: History – Literature – Theology. 4. Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos: History – Literature – Theology. 5. Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos: History – Literature – Theology. 6. Feast of the Evangelism of the Theotokos: History – Literature – Theology. 7. Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: History – Literature – Theology. 8. Feasts of the “relics” of the Theotokos (holy cincture, holy robe, holy maphorion). 9. Historical-grammatological and Theological Analysis of Encomiastic Speeches and Hymns for the Theotokos. 10. The Early Life of the Theotokos in the Byzantine Art. 11. The Later Life of the Theotokos in the Byzantine Art. 12. Depictions of the Theotokos in the Byzantine Art. 13. Relationship between the circles of the Theotokos and Christ in the iconography of churches.
Theotokos, Literature of the Theotokos, Feasts of the Theotokos, Iconography of the Theotokos
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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
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 Assigment341.4
Written assigments261.0
Student Assessment
Oral exam on the material covered throughout the semester or written assignment (90%). Class participation and a written assignment (10%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γ. Φίλιας, Οι Θεομητορικές εορτές στη λατρεία της Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2002.
Additional bibliography for study
Ι. Αναστασίου, Τα Εισόδια της Θεοτόκου. Η ιστορία, η εικονογραφία και η Υμνογραφία της εορτής, Θεσσαλονίκη 1959. Μ. Βασιλάκη (επιμ.), Μήτηρ Θεού. Απεικονίσεις της Παναγίας στη Βυζαντινή Τέχνη, Αθήνα 2000. Μητρ. Ναυπάκτου και Αγίου Βλασίου Ιερόθεος Βλάχος, Οι Θεομητορικές εορτές. Τα ιστορικά και θεολογικά της υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου, Λεβαδειά 2016. Δ. Κακλαμάνος, Αγίου Νικοδήμου του Αγιορείτου, Κανόνες Οκτώηχοι εις τα Εισόδια της Θεοτόκου. Εισαγωγή - Κριτική Έκδοση, Άγιον Όρος 2017. Γ. Παπαγιάννης, Ακάθιστος Ύμνος. Άγνωστες πτυχές ενός πολύ γνωστού κειμένου, Θεσσαλονίκη 2006. Α. Σπουρλάκου-Ευτυχιάδου, Η Παναγία Θεοτόκος τύπος χριστιανικής αγιότητος, Αθήναι 1990. Α. Τριβυζαδάκη, Θεομητορική Εικονογραφία. Η παιδική ηλικία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. M. Cunningham, Wider than Heaven. Eight Century Homilies on the Mother of God, [St. Vladimir' s Seminar Press. Popular Patristics Series 35], New York 2008. J. Olkinuora, Byzantine Hymnography for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos, [Studia Patristica Fennica 4], Helsinki 2015.
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