Theology and Spiritual life of Mount Athos.

Course Information
TitleΘεολογία και Πνευματική Ζωή του Αγίου Όρους / Theology and Spiritual life of Mount Athos.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorSymeon Paschalidis
Course ID600012878

Programme of Study: Studies in History, Spirituality, Art and Musical Tradition of Mount Athos

Registered students: 71
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
coreCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
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
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Mount Athos, as a primarily worshipping community, was also the place where monastic and liturgical theology in its various manifestations was cultivated throughout the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period. This course is an introduction to the most important theological milestones in the spiritual history of Mount Athos and its contribution to the development of Orthodox theology over the course of the millennia. It also explores the main components of the monastic spirituality of Mount Athos, from its beginnings to the present day, as well as specific issues (libraries, Athonite encyclopedism, etc.) concerning the context of the monks' spiritual life and its various theological manifestations. 1. Introductory and methodological issues. Mount Athos in the tradition of Byzantine monastic centres 2. Divine Worship and Mount Athos 3. Theological interpretation of monastic life (according to St. Theodore the Studite) 4. Attendance of the annual International Workshop organized by the Mount Athos Centre 5. Theosis of man and the renovation of creation (according to St. Symeon the New Theologian) 6. The life in Christ and the ecclesiastical theology (according to St. Gregory Palamas) 7. Hesychia and the Philocalic tradition of Mount Athos 8. The Holy Mountain and the West 9. Theological personalities of Mount Athos in its modern and contemporary history 10. The Libraries of Mount Athos 11. The life in Christ according to the spiritual advices of Elder Emilianos Simonopetritis 12. The pastoral charism in the person of Elder Emilianos Simonopetritis 13. Course examinations (by written examination or electronic quiz)
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
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
Use of ppt presentations during the lectures Use of special electronic equipment for hybrid teaching Use of electronic teaching platform Use of communication with the students via email Use of quizzes with multiple choice questions from the platform
Course Organization
Reading Assigment853.4
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities722.9
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Σ. ΠΑΣΧΑΛΙΔΗΣ, «Κέντρα του Μοναχισμού στον ελλαδικό χώρο κατά την περίοδο της Τουρκοκρατίας», Ιστορία της Ορθοδοξίας, τ. 6: Ορθοδόξων Βίος και Πολιτι- σμός (15ος-19ος αι.), εκδ. Road, Αθήνα 2010, σ. 372-379. 2. Σ. ΠΑΣΧΑΛΙΔΗΣ, «Όψεις της αγιορειτικής ιστορίας και πνευματικότητας κατά τον 15ο και 16ο αιώνα», ΣΤ ́ Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο: Το Άγιον Όρος στον 15ο και 16ο αιώνα. Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012, σ. 225-235. 3. ΜΗΤΡ. ΠΡΟΥΣΗΣ ΕΛΠΙΔΟΦΟΡΟΣ, «Η ιστορία της λογιότητας στο Άγιον Όρος υπό το πρίσμα των σχέσεων Ορθοδοξίας και Δύσεως» Η´ Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Συνέ- δριο: Άγιον Όρος και Λογιοσύνη. Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014, σ. 419- 427. 4. Ζ. MΕΛΙΣΣΑΚΗΣ, «Βιβλιοθήκες των Ιερών Μονών. Τεκμήρια Λατρείας και Λογιο- σύνης. Ζωντανοί οργανισμοί και χώροι φύλαξης κειμηλίων», Λόγιοι και Λογιοσύνη στο Άγιο Όρος, Αγιορειτική Εστία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2013, σ. 74-82. 5. Β. ΤΣΙΓΚΟΣ, Εκκλησιολογικές θέσεις του αγίου Θεοδώρου του Στουδίτου, Θεσσαλο- νίκη 1999, σ. 39-64. 6. Β. ΤΣΙΓΚΟΣ, Ο ανακαινισμός του ανθρώπου κατά τη δογματική διδασκαλία του αγίου Συμεών του Νέου Θεολόγου, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009, σ. 298-324. 7. Β. ΤΣΙΓΚΟΣ, Προλεγόμενα στη θεολογική γνωσιολογία του αγίου Γρηγορίου του Παλαμά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010, σ. 109-144. 8. ΓΕΡΩΝ ΑΙΜΙΛΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΙΜΩΝΟΠΕΤΡΙΤΗΣ, α. «Θεολογία και βίωμα» (σ. 229-253), β. «Μοναστική ζωή» (σ. 69-98), γ. «Πνευματική ζωή» (σ. 107-128), δ. «Πνευματική μελέτη» (σ. 129-150), ε. «Οίκος Θεού» (σ. 115-131). 9. Π. ΧΑΡ. ΠΑΠΑΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ, Η Ποιμαντική Θεολογία του Γέροντος Αιμιλιανού Σιμωνο- πετρίτου, [διπλ. εργασία], Θεσσαλονίκη 2008, σ. 73-84, 100-105, 120-129.
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