Session 1647: Boundaries of Holiness, Frontiers of Sanctity, II
Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45
|National Science Centre Poland Project 'Epiphanies of Saints in Late-Antique Greek Literature'
|Julia Doroszewska, Instytut Historyczny Uniwersytet Warszawski
|Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
|Perfect Failures: Ascetic Lapses in the Late Latin West
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
|Saint or Demoniac?: The Limits of the Phenomenon of Holiness in the Life of St Krystyna Called the Strange
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Other, Religious Life
|How to Portray an ἅγιος?: The ἔκφρασις of Stephen within the βασιλικοὶ λόγοι of Gregory of Nyssa
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Rhetoric, Sermons and Preaching
This tripartite session aims at exploring the boundaries of holiness and their negotiation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Due to their intermediate position between God and the ordinary man, holy men need to operate between the spiritual world and this world. The question thus arises what is it that distinguishes them from both of these realms. The papers will address the following issues: how the saints transgress the boundaries of their humanity?; are these boundaries clear or blurred?; what are the markers of the holy?; does their holiness have a spatial dimension as well?