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: CH1449A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


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


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


Identify 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


Discern hagiography among various literary genres


Articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1750 words

0 40.0

Essay 1750 words

0 40.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (equivalent to 500 words)

0 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-14 15:16:16 +1100