July 31, 2014

Hellenism and Byzantium

Dr. James Skedros

Revised, October 6, 2010, 6:40am. I don't know why it is taking OCN all summer to release the lectures on Hellenism and Orthodoxy held at St. Vladimir's Seminary symposium last spring, but another one was finally posted. Dr. James Skedros, the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology spoke on "Hellenism and Byzantium." Lots of interesting stuff here, such as when "Hellenism" was first defined in opposition to the West and Turks (after the Fourth Crusade), when it was first used to define the Eastern Christian population and took on the meaning of cultural identity (after subjugation to the Turks) and so forth. It's a fascinating lecture, well prepared and presented. I wish it was longer. One note: The shift to a political definition of "Hellenism" occurred between 1261-1453. Skedros argues this shift is still not complete. That's true. We argue it here all the time, especially the most recent … [Read more...]