The Musical Manuscripts of Mount Athos

Course Information
TitleΤα Μουσικά Χειρόγραφα του Αγίου Όρους / The Musical Manuscripts of Mount Athos
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorIoannis Liakos
Course ID600015067

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

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
History and Art of Mount AthosElective Courses2110
Theology and Spiritual life of Mount AthosElective Courses2110
Musical Tradition and the Art of Singing of Mount AthosElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course students will: • Have been trained in the use of Catalogs of musical manuscripts. • Get to know most of the musical manuscripts of the Mount Athos Monasteries. • Get to know about the various musical systems contained in musical manuscripts of Mount Athos. • Have delved into the styles and contents of musical manuscripts.
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
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this section there is a presentation of the music manuscripts that are preserved in the libraries of Mount Athos as well as the catalogs containing descriptions of the music codes. A study of melody styles is made on the manuscripts and their content. The various notational systems, which have appeared from time to time, are examined. Some elements of Music Palaeography are given and also, indicatively, we examine the libraries of the Pantokratoros and Vatopedi Monastery. (Efstratiadou, Manousaka, Politi) •The catalogs of the Music Manuscripts (prof. Gr. Stathis) 2. The Manuscripts of the Pantokratoros Monastery 3. Other notation systems in Mount Athos manuscripts and other libraries (I, alphabetical and pentagram) 4. The Manuscripts of Vatopedi Monastery I 5. The Manuscripts of Vatopedi Monastery II 6. Presentation and examination of postgraduate students' work 7. Issues of Greek Palaeography for Byzantine-musicologists 8. Other notation systems in Mount Athos manuscripts and other libraries (II, alphabetical and pentagram) 9. Melody style, contents and cataloging of Mount Athos music manuscripts I 10. Melody style, contents and cataloging of Mount Athos music manuscripts II 11. Elements of Music Palaeography I (methodological issues, study tools, transcriptions) 12. Elements of Music Paleography II (the old octoechos, metrophonia-solmization-melody, cheironomy, interpretation) 13. Presentation and examination of postgraduate students' work.
Music Paleography, catalogs, notation systems
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1004
Artistic Workshop502
Artistic creation110.4
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated in the course, through two oral exams, one in the middle and the other at the end of the teaching period. At the end of the course and the semester, the students have to write an assignment that covers the content of all the taught material. The grading of the course results from the offsetting of the oral exams (25% each) and the final written assignment (50%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Λιάκος Ι., «Η ψαλτική παράδοση της Μονής του Παντοκράτορος κατά την περίοδο 1800-1950 μέσα από τα μουσικά χειρόγραφα της βιβλιοθήκης» Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Εργαστήριο Αγιορειτικής Εστίας, Αίθουσα Συνεδρίων Κεντρικής Δημοτικής Βιβλιοθήκης Θεσσαλονίκης (Εθνικής Αμύνης 27 - Θεσσαλονίκη), 9-11 Δεκεμβρίου 2022. Λιάκος Ι., «Ο Πρωτοψάλτης Κυδωνιών Δημήτριος Μακαρώνης και το συνθετικό του έργο». Πρόσωπα και Μορφές Μελουργίας από την καθιέρωση της Νέας Μεθόδου σημειογραφίας της Ψαλτικής (1814) έως σήμερα Ηράκλειο Κρήτης 12-13/11/2014 Λιάκος Ι., «Σημειώματα του κώδικα 219 της Μονής του Παντοκράτορος στο Άγιο Όρος», Βελλά Επιστημονική Επετηρίδα τόμος Ε΄ 2009, σσ.269-278. Λιάκος Ι., «Τα μουσικά χειρόγραφα της Μονής του Παντοκράτορος», 1ο Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Εργαστήριο Αίθουσα Συνεδρίων Κεντρικής Δημοτικής Βιβλιοθήκης Θεσσαλονίκης (Εθνικής Αμύνης 27 - Θεσσαλονίκη), 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2016. Στάθης Γρ., «Το μουσικό χειρόγραφο Σινά 1477», Τιμή προς τον διδάσκαλον, Έκφραση αγάπης στο πρόσωπο του καθηγητού Γρηγορίου Θ. Στάθη, Αφιέρωμα στα εξηντάχρονα της ηλικίας και στα τριαντάχρονα της επιστημονικής και καλλιτεχνικής προσφοράς του, Αθήνα 2001, σσ. 467-487. Στάθης Γρ., Οἱ ἀναγραμματισμοὶ καὶ τὰ μαθήματα τῆς βυζαντινῆς μελοποιΐας, IBM, Μελέται 3, β΄ έκδ., Αθήνα 1992. Στάθης Γρ., Τα Πρωτόγραφα της εξηγήσεως εις την Νέαν Μέθοδον Σημειογραφίας, Α΄ τόμος Τα προλεγόμενα, Έκδοση Ι.Β.Μ., Αθήνα 2016, σ. 122.
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