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Orthodox Hagiography with a Focus on Translation (2023-2024)

Course description: The calendar texts about the Orthodox saints, the synaxarion of the Orthodox Church, are an often overlooked source of historical and theological insight. This course, in seminar form, focuses in particular on the synaxarion texts of Sundays and feast days based on the large synaxarion compiled by Hieromunk Makarios of Simonopetra, which has been translated into many European languages, but not yet into Swedish. Participation in the course presupposes good knowledge of Swedish, and some knowledge of English, French, or Greek.

Learning outcomes:

  • Discover the value of the Synaxarion as a historical, liturgical and even theological source.
  • Discover the interconnectedness and interdependence of the Synaxarion with the other central sources of the Orthodox tradition, especially the Scriptures and the liturgical texts.
  • Gain knowledge, through the texts themselves, concerning the Orthodox church year.
  • Learn to identify and solve problems relating to translating the synaxarion into Swedish.


Course material: “The Synaxarion – The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church” by

Hieromonk Makarios of Simonos Petra (Trans. Christopher Hookway), Holy Convent of The Annunciation of Our Lady, Ormylia (Chalkidike, Greece), 1998 or the French original “Le Synaxaire. Vie des saints de l’Eglise orthodoxe” published by the Greek publishing house “Indiktos”.

Grading scale: pass-fail

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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year, divided into three study periods (summer, autumn 2022 and spring 2023)

Study pace: Part time (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning (online)
Language of Instruction: Swedish

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all participants need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola
Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.