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Title: An eleventh-century liturgical homiliary : the Evergetis 'Katechetikon'
Author: Crostini, Barbara
ISNI:       0000 0001 3398 5502
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1998
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The Katechetikon, a liturgical homiliary composed by Paul (†1054) 'higoumenos' and founder, in 1048-49, of the monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis near Constantinople, is an unpublished collection of monastic catecheses dating to the middle of the eleventh century. The collection is divided in two tomes. The first part is extant in two manuscripts, 'Marcianus graecus' App. II. 40 and 'Atheniensis graecus' 215, probably dating around the end of the eleventh or the beginning of the twelfth century. The second part is extant in codex Athos, 'Esphigmenou' 45, dated by its colophon to 1108 and used at the monastery of Christ Philanthropos in Constantinople. Single catecheses are also preserved in the fragments of Athos, 'Vatopedi' 1216, and among the catecheses of Theodore Studite in 'Atheniensis graecus' 295, 'Serdicensis graecus' Dujcev 222 and in 'Sinaiticus graecus' 482. Codex Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. 'Cromwell' 22, signed by the hieromonachos Mark and dated 1315, bears the only explicit attribution of the catecheses to Paul of Evergetis. In it, the catecheses are adapted for a feminine audience. The 'Katechetikon' provides liturgical readings for the morning office for each day of the year and functions according to the movable cycle of the liturgical year dependent on Easter, just as a Gospel Lectionary. Texts are selected from the following authors: Theodore Studite, Maximos Confessor, Pseudo-Makarios, Dorotheos of Gaza, Ephrem, Mark the Monk and Pseudo-Mark (Marcian), Neilos/Evagrios, John of Karpathos, Diadochos of Photike. The sources are edited with varying degrees of alteration. The 'Apophthegmata Patrum' and passages from John Klimakos' 'Ladder' are also quoted. In addition, the sources of forty-two texts remain unidentified. The purpose of the catecheses is to exhort the monks to virtue and assist them through difficulties in their monastic experience, thereby revealing the monastic ideals of the Evergetis founder.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Wolfson College ; British School at Athens ; Oxford-Paris Exchange Programme ; Gladys-Krieble Delmas Foundation ; Rhodes Trust
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Paul, of Evergetis, active 11th century. Katechetikon