2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ON THE

HAGIOGRAPHY OF CYPRUS

 

From saint Epiphanios

to saint Neophytos the Recluse  

(4th – 12th centuries)

 

 

 

Paralimni, Cyprus, 13-15 February 2014


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

His Eminence Metropolitan of Constantia – Ammochostos  Vasilios,

PhD Theology

Prof. Costas N. Constantinides

Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History and Archaeology,

University of Ioannina, Greece

Prof. Theodoros Giangou

Faculty of Theology, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology,

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Kriton Chrysochoides

Director of Research at the Institute of Historical Research,

National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

Dr Georgios Kakkouras

PhD Theology – Headmaster of a Secondary School

Protopresbyter Christodoulos Christodoulou

MA Theology, Holy Metropolis of Constantia – Ammochostos

 

ADMINISTRATION

Archimandrite Avgoustinos Kkaras, Director of the Office for Spiritual Ministry,

Holy Metropolis of Constantia – Ammochostos

Renos Constantinou, Theologian

Tony Jensen, Associate

Iliana Kaoura, Theologian

Xenia Panteli, Theologian

 

STAFF

Protopresbyter Iraklidios Xiouros

Oikonomos Andreas Christodoulou

Presbyter Aliaksei Ausiayevich

Deacon Andreas Papamichael

Deacon Philippos Philippou

Tasos Spyrou

Andreas Flokkas

Theodoros Hadjizacharias

Lazaros Lazarou

 

2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ON THE

HAGIOGRAPHY OF CYPRUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From saint Epiphanios

to saint Neophytos the Recluse  

(4th – 12th centuries)

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Metropolis of Constantia – Ammochostos

Paralimni, Cyprus, 13-15 February 2014

 

SPEAKERS

Alexakis Alexandros, Professor, Department of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Arambatzis Christos, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Bingelli André, PhD, Institut de Recherche et d’ Histoire des Textes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.

Christodoulou George, PhD Theology, Cyprus.

Constantinides N. Costas, Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Constantinou Stavroula, Assistant Professor, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cyprus.

Dendrinos Charalambos, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Director, Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.

Economou Christos, Professor, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Efthymiades Stefanos, Associate Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Cyprus.

Filotheou George, Archaeologist, Department of Antiquities, Cyprus.

Foulias Andreas, PhD Archaeology, Cyrprus.

Giangou Theodoros, Professor, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Giannouli Antonia, Assistant Professor, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cyprus.

Giarenis Ilias, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece.

Ioakim Fotios, Archimandrite, Theologian, Holy Metropolis of Morfou, Cyprus.

Ioannou Benedictos, Archimandrite, PhD, Director of Pastoral Seminary “Apostle Barnabas”, Church of Cyprus.

Kakkouras George, PhD Theology, Headmaster of Secondary School, Cyprus.

Kakkoura Christina, PhD Byzantine Studies, Cyprus.

Katsaros Vasilios, Professor, Department of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Khoperia Lela, PhD, Scientific Centre for Exploration of Georgian Antiquities, St Andrews Georgian University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Kountoura-Galaki Eleonora, Department of Byzantine Research, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece.

Leontsini Maria, Department of Byzantine Research, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece.

Maggioni Giovani Paolo, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Education, University of Molise, Italy.

Nassis Chrysostomos, Protopresbyter, Lecturer, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Nikolopoulos G. Panagiotis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Athens, Greece.

Paschalides Symeon, Associate Professor, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Prokopiou Eleni, PhD Archaeology, Department of Antiquities, Cyprus.

Schrade Brigitta, Professor, Department of History and Art, Free University of Berlin, Germany.

Skrettas-Plexidas Nicodemos, Assistant Professor, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Stergioulis Charalampos, PhD Byzantine Philology, Greece.

Stratigopoulos Demosthenis, Lecturer, Department of History and Ethnology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

Triantafyllopoulos Demetrios, Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cyprus.

Tseradze Tinatin, PhD, Scientific Centre for Exploration of Georgian Antiquities, St Andrews Georgian University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Vasilios, Metropolitan of Constantia – Ammochostos, PhD Theology, Cyprus.


PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, 13th February 2014

 

7:00-9:00

Matins and Divine Liturgy

Saint Epiphanios Chapel, Agia Napa

 

Welcoming Greeting

H.E. Metropolitan of Constantia-Ammochostos, Vasilios

 

OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE

Grand Hall of the Holy Metropolis of Constantia-Ammochostos, Paralimni

 

10:00-11:00

Opening Speech

H.E. Metropolitan of Constantia-Ammochostos, Vasilios

Addresses:

  • His Excellency the President of Cyprus, Mr Nikos Anastasiades
  • Constantinos Christofides, Rector of the University of Cyprus
  • Kriton Chrysochoides, Director of Research at the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece.

Opening of the Conference

By His Beatitude Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos

 

Presentation: TheVita Latinaof saint Epiphanius

Prof. Giovani Paolo Maggioni

 

 

11:00-11:30: Break

SESSION I

11:30-13:00

Saint Epiphanios in the ecclesiastical literature

 

Presentation Α:  The “Vita” of saint Epiphanios in Georgian translation

Dr Lela Khoperia – Dr Tinatin Tseradze

Presentation B:   Polybius’s bishop of Rhinocorura: “On the ‘religua of the Life of our holy father saint Epiphanios”. A rhetorical approach of the text

Dr Charalampos Stergioulis

Presentation C: The influence of Saint Epiphanios’ writings on ecclesiastical hymnography

Prof. Archim. Nicodemos Skrettas-Plexidas

 

* At the end of each session a discussion will follow

 

 

 

SESSION II

16:00-18:00

Cypriot Saints and Cypriot hagiographers, 4th-7th centuries

 

 

Presentation Α:     Minor Saints of Cyprus (4th-6th centuries) and the unedited

hymnography

Prof. Antonia Giannouli – Research Associate Marina Stavrinidou

Presentation Β: The Encomium on St Barnabas by Alexander the Monk: ecclesiastical and imperial politics in sixth-century Byzantium

Prof. Charalambos Dendrinos – PhD Student Chrysovalantis Kyriacou

 

Presentation C: The “Life” of saint George of Hozeva by monk Antonios (BHG 669): Literary review

Prof. Vasilios Katsaros

 

Presentation DThe miracle theology in the Cypriot Hagiography: The case of saint Therapon’s miracles

Prof. Christos Arambatzis

 

18:00-18:30: Break

 

 

 

 

SESSION III

18:30-20:00

The Golden Age of Cyprus Hagiography

Part I

 

Presentation A:  Life and Honour of Anastasios of Sinai

Prof. Stefanos Efthymiades

 

Presentation ΒThe “Narrationes” of Anastasius of Sinai and hagiological issues in Cyprus in 7th Century Α.D.

Dr André Bingelli

 

Presentation CSaint Athanasios of Pentaschinon: Attesting the validity of historical sources through archaeological research

Mr George Filotheou

 

Friday, 14th February 2014

 

 

 

SESSION IV

 

9:00-11:00

The Golden Age of Cyprus Hagiography

Part II

 

 

Presentation A: The Vita of saint Spyridon Trimithountis by the bishop of Paphos Theodore, A.D. 655 (BHG 1647)

Prof. Costas N. Constantinides

Presentation BThe Vita of saint John Chrysostom by Theodore, the bishop of Trimithus (BHG 872)

Prof. Panagiotis Nicolopoulos

Presentation C: The presence of Cypriot bishops in 7th century Constantinople: Ecclesiastical and literary work

Dr Maria Leontsini

Presentation DSharing the holiness: Agia Napa and the byzantine-latin transfer of hagiography and iconography

Prof. Brigitta Schrade

 

11:00-11:30: Break

 

 

SESSION V

11:30-13:30

The Golden Age of Cyprus Hagiography

Part III

 

Presentation A: The Encomium of Saint George by Arkadios, the archbishop of Constantia (BHG 684)

Dr Christina Kakkoura

Presentation B: Theological remarks on Leontios of Neapolis’ hagiographical work

Prof. Alexandros Alexakis

Presentation C: Unedited hymnographical texts on saint John the Merciful

Lecturer Dimosthenis Stratigopoulos

Presentation D: ”Light from the earth” on the Amathusian Patriarch of

Alexandria, saint John the Merciful

Dr Eleni Prokopiou

 

 

 

SESSION VI

16:00-17:45

Cyprus Hagiography from 8th to 12th centuries

 

 

Presentation A: Cyprus Hagiography in the Iconoclastic period

Dr Eleonora Kountoura-Galaki

Presentation B: The anonymous biographer of saint Demetrianos of Chytri and the letter of Nicolaos Mystikos to the Caliph of Baghdad

Prof. Ilias Giarenis

 

Presentation D: Usage” of  hagiographical  texts concerning to Cyprus in the writings of Nikon of the Black Mountain

Prof. Theodoros Giangou

Presentation D: Saint Procopius in Cyprus: Historical context and archaelogical evidence

Prof. Demetrios Triantafyllopoulos

 

17:45-18:00 Break

 

 

 

 

SESSION VII

 

18:00-19:30

Saint Neophytos the Recluse

 

Presentation A: Saint Neophytos the Recluse compiler of the first Collection of texts of Cyprus Hagiography: sources, exemplars, originality

Prof. Symeon Paschalides

Presentation B: The concept of holiness in the works of saint Neophytos the Recluse

Archim. Dr Benedictos Ioannou

Presentation C: Saint Neophytos the Recluse: A discussion on his canonization

Prof. Christos Economou

 

19:30-20:00   “Saints’ hymns and songs”

A music programme of hymns and traditional songs

The Music Group “Romiosini” of the church of Saint Demetrios, Paralimni

The Youth Choir of the Holy Metropolis of Constantia-Ammochostos

 

Saturday, 15th February 2014

 

 

 

SESSION VIII

 

 

9:00-11:00

 

Part ICypriot Female Saints

Presentation A: Female sanctity: Deficiency in Cyprus Hagiography?

Prof. Stavroula Constantinou

Presentation B: Saint Fotini and other Cypriot female Saints

Dr George Christodoulou

 

Part IICyprus monasticism

Presentation C: Saint John Lampadistis: an idiosyncratic monk

Dr George Kakkouras

Presentation D: Hermitages in the district of Ammochostos (4th-12th)

Dr Andreas Foulias

 

 

11:00-11:15 Break

 

 

 

 

SESSION IX

 

11:15-13:00

Synaxaria, Typica, Saints’ Feast and Cyprus Hagiography

 

Presentation A: Τhe Ordo for the Feasts of Saints Spyridon and John the Merciful

Lecturer Protopresbyter Chrysostomos Nassis

Presentation B: Spurious Synaxaria of Byzantine Saints of Cyprus in Akolouthiai of the period of the Ottoman rule

Archim. Fotios Ioakim

Presentation C:  Saints’ Feast Days: Saints of the Diocese of Constantia

  1. E. Vasilios, Metropolitan of Constantia-Ammochostos

 

 

13:00   THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE

 

 

 

 

19:00 Tribute to Cyprus and Smyrna (Asia Minor) – Lives in parallel

Music and dance performance by the Cultural Group “Para tin Limni”

of the Paralimni Municipality

Xenion Theatre, Paralimni


 

 

Sunday, 16th February 2012

 

 

06:30 – 10:00 Divine Liturgy

 Saint George “Exorinos” Church, within the walls of the old city of Ammochostos

 

Visits to the medieval churches in Ammochostos, to the Monastery of Apostle Barnabas (Salamis), to the Basilica of Saint Epiphanios (Salamis) and to other monuments of occupied Ammochostos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monastery of Apostle Barnabas, Salamis, Ammochostos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Metropolis of Constantia – Ammochostos

Cultural Academy “Saint Epiphanios”

 

Tel. +35723812456/7   Fax. +35723812459

e-mail: [email protected]

www.imconstantias.org.cy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture on the front cover: Cypriots saints (hierarchs): Spyridon, Hiraclidios, Lazaros, Auxibios, Trifyllios and Epifanios. Fresco (14th century) within the sanctuary of the church Agios Nicolaos Stegis (World Heritage Monument of UNESCO), Kakopetria, Cyprus.

Pictures on page 1: Saint Epiphanios of Constantia. Fresco (14th century), Agios Nicolaos Stegis (World Heritage Monument of UNESCO), Kakopetria, Cyprus.

Saint Neophytos the Recluse. Fresco (12th century). Hermitage (‘Enkleistra’) of Saint Neophytos, Pafos, Cyprus