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Saints, Miracles, Pilgrimages, and Holy Monks. A New Christian Religiosity in Late Antiquity

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Kod przedmiotu: 3104-WH18ER-RWIS-OG Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 08.3 / (0222) Historia i archeologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Saints, Miracles, Pilgrimages, and Holy Monks. A New Christian Religiosity in Late Antiquity
Jednostka: Instytut Historyczny
Grupy: Courses in foreign languages
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie humanistyczne
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie Instytutu Historycznego
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Założenia (opisowo):

All who understand English well enough to follow the lecture are welcome.

Skrócony opis:

Wykład w języku angielskim.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

At the very beginning of the 4th century Christians in the Roman Empire survived (or not) the longest and most severe persecution. In 312-313 AD, however, the era of the persecutions ended and the period of the more or less Christian empire began. This period not only created profoundly different conditions for the development of the Church, but also brought internal changes in its organisation, theology, and religious practices. This series of lectures aims first at presenting and then at explaining this swift evolution which ultimately laid foundations to the medieval piety. I am going to show how Christians tried to establish contact with God, where they saw traces of his presence and activity, how they tried to access to sources of divine power in this world, what made them confident that the faith they confess was true, how they expressed their piety, and what they considered to be a model of sanctity. Consecutive lectures will be devoted to such phenomena as the cult of saints (dead and alive),the veneration of relics, new forms of ascetism, the belief in miracles, the idea of holy places, the practice of pilgrimages and the Christian divination. Every time I will try to present practices, beliefs which were related to them and discussions which they gave raise to.


1. The background: Roman Empire in Late Antiquity

2. The Church after Constantine

3. Holy places and pilgrimages

4. The new cult of saints

5. The rise of monasticism

6. Saintly monks

7. Miracles – how did it start?

8. Handling relics

9. Protective and healing power of relics

10. Burials ad sanctos

11.Emergence of the Christian clergy

12. Christian divination

13. Feasting and fasting – Christian calendar

14. Discussions and resistance

15. Conclusions

Lecture followed by questions and discussion.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

- Peter Brown, The Cult of the Saints. Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity, Chicago 1980

- Charles Freeman, Holy Bones, Holy Dust. How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe, Yale 2012

- William Harmless, Desert Christians. An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism, Oxford 2004

- James Howard-Johnston & Paul Antony Hayward (eds.) The cult of saints in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages: essays in the contribution of Peter Brown, Oxford 2004

- Claudia Rapp, Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity. The Nature of Christian Authority in an Age of Transition, Berkeley 2005

- Rousseau, Pachomius. The Making of a Community in Fourth-century Egypt, Berkeley 1985

- Peter Sarris, Matthew dal Santo & Phil Booth (eds.), An Age of Saints? Power, Conflict, and Dissent in Early Medieval Christianity¸ Leiden 2011

- John Wilkinson, Jerusalem Pilgrimages before the Crusades, Warminster 2002

-Ewa Wipszycka, Moines et communautés monastiques en Égypte, IVe–VIIe siècles, Warsaw 2009

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

At the end of this series of lectures its participants should learn about

- new religious phenomenon phenomena which developed in Late Antiquity, their background, character, and spread

- cult centres in diverse parts of Christendom and their specific features

- discussions about new religiosity in diverse religious milieux of Late Antiquity

The participants should also:

- be able to explain links between social, political, and religious changes

- be aware that the latter evolve in time

- note differences between similar religious phenomena in diverse historical periods

- observe similarities between parallel phenomena in different religious systems

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Attendance (at least 75%) + final test

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