Dr. Christina Hadjiafxenti

2005-2009 Bachelor-studies at the University of Cyprus in the Department of Classical Philology; 2009-2011 Master-studies (Programm: Classical Antiquity: "History and Literature") at the University of Leipzig (2010-2011 DAAD-Scholarship); 2011-2015 PhD in Byzantine Philology at the University of Leipzig with the thesis "The saint-encomia by Nicolaos Cabasilas. Introduction, critical edition and translation." (2011-2014 DAAD-Scholarship); since 1.10.2015 Postdoc-research at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz

Research interests:

Byzantine history and literature

History of Greece

Receptions of Byzantium in Europe

Church historiography in the 19. and 20. Century

Current research project:

»Τhe image of Byzantium in the church historiography of the 19. and 20. Century. A comparison of german and greek sources.«

Within the framework of the projekt "Τhe image of Byzantium in the church historiography of the 19. and 20. Century. A comparison of german and greek sources" it would be focuse, on how the byzantine empire and its fall was treated in the Greek speaking regions as well as in the West, from the theologians and intellectualls of the 19. and 20. Cenutry.
Νot only the comparison of the greek sources with the sources of the West is of a big importance, but it is also important to investigate, how the greek theologians were influenced by the theogians from the West, in particular that from Germany, especially after some of them haved studied and lived in german-speaking areas.
The historical backgrund will be also given in detailed because it will help us to understand and interpretate the different theological views and the eclesiastical event in that time.
In general the image of Byzantium was hardly examined not only in the german but also in the greek church-historiography based on sources of West-Europe of the 19. and 20. Centure, which it will be the main goal of the present project.