ByzHist 101: Development and History of Byzantine Hymnography
Mondays, 5 pm eastern time, Taught by Samuel Herron
This class is a chronological breakdown of the developments in Byzantine hymnography, tracing the development from the early church up until the current day in the Orthodox Church. The student will learn about broader movements and developments in hymnography as well as the individuals who have shaped the hymnography of the church such as St. Romanos the Melodist, St. John of Damascus, St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, St. Joseph the Hymnographer, St. John Koukouzelis, and Petros Lampadarios. It will also provide the student an overview of both the textual developments and the musical developments throughout history in Byzantine Hymnography.
The class includes a weekly lecture with mid-term and final project. Due to the style of the class, if you are unable to attend class, you may watch the lecture that week at another time. Also, students will have access to the power point presentation used in the lecture.