Apostolos Spanos

Apostolos Spanos
Universitetet i Agder | UIA · Department of Religion, Philosophy and History

PhD

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Introduction
I have given courses in Byzantine History, Byzantium and Scandinavia, Understanding historical time and the use of history, Games and gaming as sources to study the past. My current research focuses on (a) historical dimensions of time; (b) game and gaming as historical sources; (c) rethinking the phenomenon of innovation in historical terms; (d) analysing the international refugee crisis in historical and temporal terms. For more information, visit http://www.uia.no/en/kk/profile/apostols.

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Innovation has been approached and defined in various ways, mainly as a result or a process. In this paper, I am approaching it as a historical phenomenon, more concretely as a mode of historical existence. My approach is based on the thesis that innovation is a precondition not only for development but in some cases for survival, in other words it...
Book
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The book as an invitation to study specific games and game families/types as cases revealing important, and sometimes unnoticed, evidence about the past, as sources for political, social, cultural, material, and conceptual history. Each thematic chapter is closed by proposals on how a student of history (in fact, anyone interested in history) may u...
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In the first meeting of the Lesbos Dialogues, dedicated to Technology and the Refugee Crisis (Mytilene, 9-11 November 2017), I had the honour of giving the keynote of the session on Technology and Social Innovation. I focused on challenges related to innovating in a period of crisis, and a mistaken mentality that minimises the results of innovation...
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Στις αρχές Δεκεμβρίου κυκλοφορεί από τις Εκδόσεις Μπαρτζουλιάνος η ελληνική μετάφραση ενός εξαιρετικού βιβλίου για τη μετάβαση από την κλασσική Αθήνα της φιλοσοφίας στην ελληνιστική Αλεξάνδρεια της επιστήμης, γραμμένο από τον αγαπημένο φίλο και συνάδελφο Χώκον Σμέντσβιγκ Χάνσσεν. Από το κείμενο του οπισθόφυλλου: Τρία προκλητικά ταξίδια, στα οποία...
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This lecture is based on an unpublished hymnogtraphical text (akolouthia) on the emperor John Vatatzes. It problematizes his canonization and tries to place it in the framework of the relation between state and church in Byzantium.
Poster
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International interdisciplinary workshop, University of Agder, 18th February 2016.
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A memorial lecture for Julian Chrystomides, given at the Hellenic Centre, London (16 October 2015). It presents preliminary thoughts on the study of innovation and the notion of innovation in Byzantium.
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Innovation is discussed today by almost everybody; but not by historians. The historical study of innovation suffers from an undeveloped theorisation of the subject, which causes a limited understanding of specific innovations, innovating as a historical phenomenon in general, as well as the notion of innovation in various periods. The main aim of...
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It is a topos in Byzantine studies is that Byzantium was a conservative civilization, negative –if not hostile– to innovation. This general idea influenced the study of innovation in Byzantium, which has been presented by modern scholars as either absent or as being decisively opposed to. After a presentation of some preliminary questions on the us...
Book
The Archives at the monastery of Leimon consist of some 2,500 documents. A part of the Archives (namely the Archives of Nikephoros Glykas, the bishop of Methymna [1881–1896], that consist of 332 documents) is related to the so-called Leimoniakon Issue. By the term is meant a composite conflict between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Dioc...
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The book is an annotated critical edition of an unpublished collection of hymnographical texts, preserved in the eleventh-century Greek manuscript 11 of the library of Leimonos monastery, Lesbos, Greece. This important codex is a Menaion for June comprising thirty akolouthiai on saints; nineteen of them are hitherto unpublished. The edition of the...
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A well established notion in Byzantine —and generally, medieval— studies is that Byzantium was a civilization, one of the most characteristic features of which was its conservatism. This general idea influenced the evaluation of innovation in Byzantium, which has been presented by modern scholars as either absent or as being decisively opposed to....
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The paper discusses principles and expressions of Byzantine political ideology, concentrating on the sacred character of the imperial authority and office. Furthermore, it examines the representation of the holiness of emperors in textual and visual sources, using by way of example the cases of empress Irene (797–802), and emperors Nikephoros II Ph...
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One of the most striking elements in Byzantine political history is the close and strong relationship between State and Church. The study of a number of textual sources shows that both the State and the Church – or a part of the Church – used (or at least tried to do so) canonisation as a tool for realization of other purposes than the pure theolog...
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The manuscript Collection at the monastery of Leimon consists of more than five hundred manuscripts, dated or datable to the tenth through the twentieth century. The article presents the collection, the categories of the manuscripts and their dating. It focuses on: (a) the Byzantine manuscripts of the collection; (b) the so-called monastic codices,...
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The book presents an annotated edition of such a manuscript, namely Codex A of the Diocese of Mytilene. The codex, which was in use from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, consists of texts composed during the eighteenth century. It witnesses patriarchal and bishopric letters, decisions by the local authorities...
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The book presents the history of the monastery of Leimon form its establishment in 1526 to the middle of the twentieth century. It is based on the study of the archives of the monastery and it focuses on the following subjects: (a) St. Ingatios Agallianos, the founder of the monastery, (b) the establishment of the monastery and the rules of its fun...

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