Dr Andrew Mellas

Senior Lecturer in Church History and Liturgical Studies, St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College
Bachelor of Arts (Honours and University Medal, University of Sydney, 2001), Bachelor of Law (University of Sydney, 2003), PhD (University of Sydney, 2018).

Dr Andrew Mellas is the Senior Lecturer in Byzantine History and Liturgical Studies at St Andrew’s. In 2018, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney on the emotion of compunction in Byzantium. Andrew has published various chapters and articles on the history of Byzantium, liturgics and hymnody in peer-reviewed publications and journals, as well as presenting papers on these subjects at international conferences. He is also a member of the Australian Byzantine Choir and has memberships as the

  • Honorary Associate, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney
  • Member of the Society of Oriental Liturgy
  • Member of the Australasian Association of Byzantine Studies
  • Member of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the ISOCM Journal
  • Member of the Committee on the Translation of Liturgical Texts (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)



2020 Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody
Cambridge University Press, 2020
2020 Hymns of Repentance
Popular Patristics Series Volume 61 Hymns of Repentance Saint Romanos The Melodist, Editor & Translator: Andrew Mellas, Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press), 2020
2020 Hymns, Homilies and Hermeneutics in Byzantium
Series: Byzantina Australiensia, Volume: 25, Editors: Sarah Gador-Whyte and Andrew Mellas, Leiden: Brill, 2020

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2020 Let us Lift up our Hearts’: Transforming Theology into Sacred Song in Romanos the Melodist’s Hymn On Pentecost
in Towards the Prehistory of the Byzantine Liturgical Year. Festal Homilies and Festal Liturgies in Late Antique Constantinople, Harald Buchinger and Stefanos Alexopoulos (eds) Leuven: Peeters, 2020
2020 Crying with the Compunction of the Prodigal Son: Byzantine Hymns, Liturgical Emotions and Icons of Repentance
in Cultures of Compunction in the Medieval World. Graham Williams and Charlotte Steenbrugge (eds), London: Bloomsbury, 2020.
2020 Herakleios or Herakles? Panegyric and pathopoeia in George of Pisidia’s Heraklias
in Herakles Inside and Outside the Church. Arlene Allan, Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides and Emma Stafford (eds), Leiden: Brill, 2020, 116-132
2019 Kratimata sau Teriremuri: experiența afectivă a cântăriiliturgice fără cuvinte [Kratemata & Teretismata: The Affective Experience of Wordless Liturgical Songs
in Muzica în spaţiul liturgicInterferenţeculturale, Alexandru Ioniţă & Teresa Leonhard (eds) Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2019, 81-104

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