Stavroula Constantinou on the Collections of Miracles in the Byzantine Hagiography


Tomorrow, on Thursday (15 December) on the Late Antique seminar of the Department of the Ancient History of the Institute of History of University of Warsaw Stavroula Constantinou from the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of University of Cyprus will present a paper “The Miracle Story Collection.An Introduction to the Sociology of a Byzantine Hagiographical Genre”.

Below the abstract of the paper:

The present paper will provide a short introduction to the sociology of a Byzantine genre, the Miracle Story Collection (5 th -14 th c.), by briefly examining the social context of its appearance and production in the early Byzantine period (5 th -7 th c.), as well as some aspects of its function and reception. As it will be shown, the Miracle Story Collection comes into being, develops and is fashioned according to the interrelationships and interconnected expectations of its practitioners and their audiences. The discussion undertaken here will, therefore, focus on certain facets of the social dimension of the triangle Author-Genre-Audience in an attempt to address the following questions: What kind of phenomenon is the Miracle Story Collection? What are its social origins? What is the social status of its authors? How are Miracle Story Collections shaped through the hagiographers’ own socio-religious purposes and their awareness of the audience and its needs?

The seminar will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.


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