Byzantine Hagiography

This postgraduate unit  explores the historical and literary development of Byzantine hagiography, highlighting its relevance both for the Byzantines and for the contemporary church.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H8530 Byzantine Studies

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Contextualise and account for the emergence and development of hagiographical literature within Byzantium.
  2. Distinguish and assess the various themes and sub-genres within hagiography, as well as hagiographical motifs in other literary genres (such as historiography, hymnography, etc.).
  3. Critically apply the findings of a study of primary sources to Byzantine hagiography.
  4. Critically apply the findings of secondary studies sources to Byzantine hagiography.
  5. Evaluate the relevance of the study of Byzantine hagiography for the contemporary ecclesial experience.
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