- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press; annotated edition edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434458768
- ISBN-13: 978-1434458766
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,393,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A History of Its Metropolitans with Annotated Hierarch Catalogs annotated edition Edition
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Demetrius Kiminas has written a scholarly monograph designed to fill this gap. The book begins with a summary of the history of the patriarchate, focusing mainly on the modern period. It's quite dry, and I found that I wanted more references for many of the statements made; but then I am rather a completist, and there is certainly enough to provide an entry to the literature. It is then followed by a detailed list of names and dates of holders of the office. Again I felt that I would have liked more references in this section; but then the book is not a prosopography, or intended to deal with individuals in detail, so much as allow the reader to orient himself. These two sections comprise the first 50 pages or so of the book.
Then begins a catalogue of the metropolitan sees. Each gets a summarised history, and then a list of office holders since 1800, in much the same level of detail as for the patriarchate. This, in many respects, is the core of the book. Specific information of this kind is very hard to find. Quite properly the author has given both the Greek name in Greek letters, as found in the sources, plus the English-Latin form used by the rest of us. The omission of either would have made the book much less useful.
This is, inevitably, a reference work. It is NOT a narrative history, of the popular kind, although I would think that such a book would find an audience too. Instead it is the basic building block required for any study of the modern Greek church. It is, inevitably, a book of bones. But I would hope that academic libraries will stock it; because copies should be available widely.
If you're studying the Greek orthodox church in modern times, you probably need a copy of this, if only to be clear who is who and what is happening in the church. And it is, after all, very cheap!
There is a Google books preview, which will give a very good idea of what the book contains and the approach taken.