Byzantine Hagiography

The unit Byzantine Hagiography explores the historical and literary development of hagiography in the Byzantine context, highlighting its relevance both for the Byzantines and for the contemporary ecclesial experience. It is an Elective unit and forms part of a Specialisation in Church History within the postgraduate awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H9232 Byzantine Studies



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review the emergence and development of hagiographical literature within Byzantium.
  2. analyse the various themes and sub-genres within hagiography, as well as hagiographical motifs in other literary genres
  3. critically apply the findings of a study of primary and secondary sources to Byzantine hagiography
  4. evaluate the relevance of the study of Byzantine hagiography for the contemporary ecclesial experience
  5. construct a contextually relevant piece of hagiography for a contemporary ecclesial setting.
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