For an entire millennium, Byzantine hagiography, inspired by the veneration of many saints, exhibited literary dynamism and a capacity to vary its basic forms. The subgenres into which it branched out after its remarkable start in the fourth century underwent alternating phases of development and decline that were intertwined with changes in the political, social and literary spheres. The selection of saintly heroes, an interest in depicting social landscapes, and the modulation of linguistic and stylistic registers captured the voice of homo byzantinus down to the end of the empire in the fifteenth century. The seventeen chapters in this companion form the sequel to those in volume I which dealt with the periods and regions of Byzantine hagiography, and complete the first comprehensive survey ever produced in this field. The book is the work of an international group of experts in the field and is addressed to both a broader public and the scholarly community of Byzantinists, medievalists, historians of religion and theorists of narrative. It highlights the literary dimension and the research potential of a representative number of texts, not only those appreciated by the Byzantines themselves but those which modern readers rank high due to their literary quality or historical relevance.

chapter |21 pages


ByStephanos Efthymiadis

part I|186 pages

Genres, Varieties And Forms

chapter 1|36 pages

Byzantine Hagiography and its Literary Genres. Some Critical Observations

ByMartin Hinterberger

chapter 2|41 pages

Greek Passions of the Martyrs in Byzantium

ByMarina Detoraki

chapter 3|40 pages

Collections of Miracles (Fifth–Fifteenth Centuries)

ByStephanos Efthymiadis

chapter 4|17 pages

Collections of Edifying Stories

ByAndré Binggeli

chapter 5|19 pages

Greek Byzantine Hagiography in Verse

ByStephanos Efthymiadis

chapter 6|16 pages

Symeon Metaphrastes and the Metaphrastic Movement

ByChristian Høgel

chapter 7|12 pages

Synaxaria and the Synaxarion of Constantinople

ByAndrea Luzzi

part II|178 pages

Hagiography as Literature

chapter 8|36 pages

The Byzantine Hagiographer and his Text

ByMartin Hinterberger

chapter 9|38 pages

Audience, Language and Patronage in Byzantine Hagiography

ByStephanos Efthymiadis, Nikos Kalogeras

chapter 10|28 pages

Byzantine Hagiography and Hymnography

An Interrelationship
ByAntonia Giannouli

chapter 11|29 pages

Fiction and/or Novelisation in Byzantine Hagiography

ByCharis Messis

chapter 13|24 pages

The Literary Portrait of Byzantine Female Saints

ByNathalie Delierneux

part III|91 pages

Hagiography and Society

chapter 14|30 pages

Economy and Society in Byzantine Hagiography

Realia and Methodological Questions
ByMichel Kaplan, Eleonora Kountoura-Galaki

chapter 15|34 pages

The City in Byzantine Hagiography

ByHelen G. Saradi

chapter 16|25 pages

The Hagiography of Doubt and Scepticism

ByAnthony Kaldellis