Content

The aim of the unit is to introduce students to the literary genre of hagiography that developed in the 4th century and traces its origins to the Life of Antony attributed to Athanasius of Alexandria. In this unit, students will gain an appreciation of the interrelationship between hagiographical text, liturgy and iconography in establishing the cult of a saint. The unit will follow the developments of the hagiographical genre and the associated cult of the saints, through Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, by focusing on both monastic accounts and martyrologies, and finally consider the liturgical implications of hagiography as a means of understanding the role of the saints in the present day.

Unit Code: CH8449A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Construct a geography of sacred space using documentary, art historical, archaeological, and liturgical sources

2.

Describe the purpose and means by which religious institutions propagated the cult of a saint through hagiography

3.

Analyse the various social and religious motives and liturgical implications behind the composition of a hagiographic text and understand the role pilgrimage plays in this context.

4.

Discern hagiography among various literary genres

5.

Compare and contrast the various theologies that were prominent in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, as presented in hagiographical sources

6.

Develop a critical framework for reading and interpreting historical events contained in the primary sources.

Pedagogy

Articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Essay 2750 words

45.0
Essay

Essay 2750 words

45.0
Seminar or Tutorial 10.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-27 09:39:39 +1100