Book Series Byzantioς. Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization, vol. 8

Theologica Minora. The Minor Genres of Byzantine Theological Literature

Antonio Rigo (ed)

  • Pages: 202 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:11 b/w
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55102-9
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This volume unlocks the as yet unknown treasure troves of Byzantine religious florilegia and poetry, and monastic kephalaia.


Antonio Rigo is Professor of Byzantine Philology and Christianity at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari. His research focuses on religious life in Byzantium, with special emphasis on ascetical and mystical literature, heresiology, and theology during the Paleologan period.


The title of this volume, “Theologica Minora”, may wrongly suggest that the essays contained herein purport an antiquarian interest in some minor theological quibbles within the vast ocean that is Byzantine theological literature. On the contrary, this volume illuminates texts and theological genres which have so far remained unexplored or under-investigated by the vast majority of scholars. Whilst unlocking the as yet unknown troves of florilegia, religious poetry, and monastic kephalaia, this volume investigates the cultural background of these different endeavors and provides an image of Byzantine theological literature which repudiates the rigid narratives proposed to date.


Paul Géhin, Les collections de kephalaia monastiques: naissance et succès d’un genre entre création originale, plagiat et florilège

Peter Van Deun, Exploration du genre byzantin des kephalaia: la collection attribuée à Théognoste

Reinhart Ceulemans, Malachias the Monk as a Textual Critic of LXX Proverbs

Antonia Giannouli, Catanyctic Religious Poetry. A survey

Pavel Ermilov, Towards a Classification of Sources in the Byzantine Question-and-Answer Literature

Antonio Rigo, Questions et réponses sur la controverse palamite. Un texte inédit d’origine athonite et son auteur véritable (Marc Kyrtos)

Michel Asmus, Les énigmes d’un presbytre de Constantinople

Inmaculada Pérez Martín, The transmission of some writings by Psellos in thirteenth-century Constantinople