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Katharina Heyden

Die »Erzählung des Aphroditian«

Thema und Variationen einer Legende im Spannungsfeld von Christentum und Heidentum

[The »Tale of Aphroditian«. Theme and Variations.]

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The »Tale of Aphroditian,« a highly imaginative version of the Magi pericope (Matthew 2:1–12), was very popular in the Byzantine and Slavic worlds until the 16th century. For the first time, Katharina Heyden describes the complex history of the tale from medieval Russia to pre-Constantine Syria.
This work was awarded the GSCO-Price 2009 of the Gesellschaft zum Studium des christlichen Ostens.
The »Tale of Aphroditian,« a highly imaginative version of the Magi pericope (Matthew 2:1–12), was very popular in the Byzantine and Slavic worlds until the 16th century. For the first time, Katharina Heyden describes the complex history of the tale from medieval Russia to pre-Constantine Syria. Using the musical terms »theme and variations,« the author analyzes the literary, iconographic and historical contexts as well as the main theological aspects as the »variations,« and the »leitmotiv« is a positive Christian reception of pagan antiquity and its cult. The appendix presents the various versions of the tale in the original languages (Slavonic and Greek) and in German as well, along with the Byzantine miniatures, some of which are being published for the first time. This work was awarded the GSCO-Price 2009 of the Gesellschaft zum Studium des christlichen Ostens.
This work was awarded the GSCO-Price 2009 of the Gesellschaft zum Studium des christlichen Ostens.
Authors/Editors

Katharina Heyden Geboren 1977; Studium der Ev. und Kath. Theologie in Berlin, Jerusalem und Rom; 2008 Promotion im Fach Kirchengeschichte in Jena; 2013 Habilitation in Göttingen; seit 2016 Professorin für Ältere Geschichte des Christentums und der interreligiösen Begegnungen an der Universität Bern.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Rundschau — 77 (2012), S. 241–249 (Hans Georg Thümmel)
In: International Review of Biblical Studies — 55 (2008/09), S. 1198
In: Theologische Revue — 107 (2011), S. 27–29 (Theresia Hainthaler)