Manolis Papoutsakis is Research Fellow, Manuscripts Department, National Library of Greece, Athens, Greece.
From Jacob of Serugh to Romanos
May 19, 2021, at 10:00 am (Washington, DC Time)
Romanos the Melodist was born in Emesa in the late fifth century. He served as a deacon in the church of Anastasis in Beirut, and in the years of emperor Anastasius I (491-518), he settled in Constantinople. He flourished under Justinian and died after 555. Romanos wrote his hymns in Greek but drew on both Greek and Syriac writings. In a forthcoming piece of detailed research, I study his sources (Greek and Syriac), bring out his familiarity with the verse-homilies of Jacob of Serugh, and discuss the implications of his literary and theological dependence on him. In my presentation, I shall give a few examples which illustrate Romanos’ use of Jacob and shall be discussing his literary output and Christology in light of his debt to the great Syriac homilist.
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“Jacob of Serugh. The Homily on the Deluge (Lines 1–210): Introduction, Translation, and Detailed Commentary”. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oxford, 2000.
”United in the Strife That Divided Them: Narsai and Jacob of Serugh on the Ascension of Christ”, Δελτίο Βιβλικών Μελετών 32:A-B (2017): 45-77.
Vicarious Kingship: A Theme in Syriac Political Theology in Late Antiquity. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 100. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.