Pilgrimage literature of the Holy Land and of Mount Athos

Course Information
TitleΠροσκυνητάρια Αγίων Τόπων και Αγίου Όρους / Pilgrimage literature of the Holy Land and of Mount Athos
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAnna Karamanidou
Course ID600018259

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
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
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this course, the students Will be exposed to a wide range of Proskynetaria from the Post-Byzantine period. Will understand the motivations of the pilgrims which will be compared with the motivations of the pilgrims during the Byzantine period. Will get acquainted with the methodology of the composition of a Proskynetarion and catalogue these differences. Will form an idea of the Christian world of the Post-Byzantine years through a critical examination of the texts of the Proskynetaria.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The purpose of this course is to present and analyze the printed > pilgrimage guides of Mount Athos grammatically, historically, and > theologically, as a valuable source of information of ecclesiastical > records and literature 1. Pilgrims, Pilgrimage texts, and Pilgrimage Collections. 2. Pilgrimage philology as a literary genre. The emphasis of the secretarial genre of the Pilgrimage Book. 3. Mount Athos in the texts related to pilgrimage. Pilgrimage Books of Mount Athos. 4. Published Pilgrimage Books. 5. Bibliographies of Pilgrimage texts. 6. Thematic approach of Pilgrimage Books. 7. The Holy Land in pilgrimage texts. Pilgrimage Books in the Holy Land. 8. Holy Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Post-Byzantine era. 9. Printed Pilgrimage Books of the Holy Land. 10. Thematic approach to the Pilgrimage Books. 11. The East through the mouth of the West. European pilgrims to Mount Athos and the Holy Land. 12. Presentation of papers. 13. Presentation of papers.
Pilgrimage, Post-Byzantine era, Pilgrimage Collections, Athanasios Athonitis
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment391.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Written assigments80.3
Student Assessment
Undertaking and preparing exercises (20%) and oral examination (80%). Course participation is positively measured.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Άννα Καραμανίδου, Προσκυνητάριον της Μεγίστης Λαύρας του Αγίου Όρους (18ος αι.) Ευθυμίου Μακεδόνος Τραπεζουντίου, εκδ. Μέθεξις, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018
Additional bibliography for study
Γ. Μπάρσκι, Τά ταξίδια του στό Ἅγιον Ὄρος 1725-1726, 1744-1745, μέ τήν φροντίδα καίτά σχόλια τοῦ ἀκαδημαϊκοῦ Παύλου Μυλωνᾶ, ἐκδ. Ἁγιορειτική Ἑστία - Μουσεῖο Μπενάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009.
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