Course Information
TitleΣταθμοί στη Βυζαντινή και Μεταβυζαντινή Αγιολογία. / Landmarks of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Hagiology.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAndra Juganaru
Course ID600015715

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vivlikṓn, Paterikṓn, Agiologikṓn kai THrīskeiologikṓn SpoudṓnCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110
Istorías, Dógmatos, Filosofías kai ArchaiologíasElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
Efarmosménīs THeologíasElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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
Οn successful completion of the course, students will: - have knowledge of the specific issues of hagiography of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods - know in depth the major writers of hagiographic works from the 8th to the 19th c. - be able to research the sources and secondary literature
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 interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The most important milestones in Byzantine and post-Byzantine Hagiography will be presented in the lectures: 1. Hagiography of the Iconoclastic Period: The ‘golden age’ of Byzantine Hagiography (New Vitae for New Saints) 2. Saint Theodore the Stoudite and His Hagiographical Work 3. The Ecumenical Patriarchs of the Iconoclastic Period and Their Hagiographical Work: Germanos I, Tarasios, Methodios I, and Photios the Great 4. The hagiographical peak of the 9th and 10th centuries and the Byzantine encyclopedism: the new trends (translation, collection and codification of hagiographical texts) 5. The imperial hagiography: Leo VI the Wise, Constantine VII the Porphyrogenite and the Imperial Menologia 6. Niketas David Paphlagon and Symeon Metaphrastes (the Translator) 7. The Byzantine Hagiography of the 11th and 12th centuries 8. The Recovery during the Palaeologan Period and its main representatives: Constantine Akropolites and Theodore Metochites 9. Hagiography in the era of Byzantine Hesychasm: Gregory Palamas, Philotheus Kokkinos, Nikephoros Gregoras, Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos, Kallistos I 10. Trends and persons in post-Byzantine Hagiography: Development of literature on neomartyrs, translation, collection, and publication of hagiographical texts (Agapios Landos, Hierotheos of Iviron, etc.) 11. The neomartyrs and their biographers (15th - 18th c.): Manuel of Corinth, Meletios Syrigos, Ioannis Kariophylles, Father Ionas Kausokalybites, Kesarios Dapondes 12. The hymnological-hagiographical work of the Kollyvades (Makarios Notaras, Athanasios Parios) 13. The hymnological-hagiographical work of the Kollyvades (Nicodemus the Hagiorite, Christopher Prodromites)
Hagiography, Sanctity, Metaphrasis of Hagiographic Texts, Hagiographic Collections
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
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 Assigment78
Written assigments100
Student Assessment
Assignment preparation and oral presentation in class (80%). Active class participation (20%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σημειώσεις, διαθέσιμες στην πλατφόρμα του e-learning
Additional bibliography for study
• Ελ. Κουντούρα-Γαλάκη, Οι ήρωες της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Οι νέοι Άγιοι, 8ος-16ος αιώνας, [ΕΙΕ/ΙΒΕ Διεθνή Συμπόσια 15], Αθήνα 2004. • Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Νικήτας Δαβιδ Παφλαγών. Το πρόσωπο και το έργο του. Συμβολή στη μελέτη της προσωπογραφίας και της αγιολογικής γραμματείας της προμεταφραστικής περιόδου, [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέται 28], Θεσσαλονίκη 1999. • Δ. Κακλαμάνος, Ο άγιος Θεόδωρος ο Στουδίτης και το αγιολογικό του έργο. Συμβολή στη μελέτη της εκκλησιαστικής γραμματείας της μεσοβυζαντινής περιόδου, [Ανάλεκτα Βλατάδων 70], Θεσσαλονίκη 2018. • Ελ. Καλτσογιάννη, Το αγιολογικό και ομιλητικό έργο του Ιωάννη Ζωναρά. Εισαγωγική μελέτη – Κριτική έκδοση, [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέτες 60], Θεσσαλονίκη 2013. • Ηλ. Παρασκευοπούλου, Το αγιολογικό και ομιλητικό έργο του Νικηφόρου Γρηγορά, [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέτες 59], Θεσσαλονίκη 2013. • Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Εν Αγίοις. Ειδικά θέματα Βυζαντινής και Μεταβυζαντινής Αγιολογίας, τ. Α´, Θεσσαλονίκη 2011. • Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Το Υμναγιολογικό έργο των Κολλυβάδων. Συμβολή στη μελέτη της αγιολογικής γραμματείας κατά την περίοδο της Τουρκοκρατίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017. • Σ. Πασχαλίδης, Η αυτόγραφη Νεομαρτυρολογική συλλογή του μοναχού Καισαρίου Δαπόντε (1713-1784), Θεσσαλονίκη 2012. • Th. Antonopoulou, The Homilies of the emperor Leo VI, Brill-Leiden-New York - Köln 1997. • Th. Antonopoulou, Leonis VI Sapientis Imperatoris Byzantini Homiliae, [Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca 63], Turnhout 2008. • S. Efthymiadis (έκδ.), The Life of the Patriarch Tarasios by Ignatios the Deacon (BHG 1698), [Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Monographs 4] Aldershot 1998. • S. Efthymiadis (έκδ.), The Ashgate research companion to Byzantine Hagiography, τ. I: Periods and Places, τ. II: Genres and Contexts, Farnham 2011-2014. • P. Guran - B. Flusin (ἐπιμ.), L’empereur hagiographe. Culte des saints et monarchie byzantine et post-byzantine. Actes du colloque internationaux «L’empereur hagiographe» (13-14 mars 2000) et «Reliques et miracles» (1-2 novembre 2000), Bucarest 2001. • C. Høgel, Symeon Metaphrastes. Rewriting and Canonization, Copenhagen 2002. • A. Luzzi, Studi sul Sinassario di Costantinopoli, [Testi e Studi Bizantino-Neoellenici 8], Roma 1995. • Τ. Pratsch, Der hagiographische Topos, [Millennium Studien 6], Berlin 2005. • I. Pérez-Martin (ἐπιμ.), El «Menologio de Basilio II», Città del Vaticano - Athenas - Madrid 2008.
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