• Oleg RODIONOV Senior Researcher PhD, Department of History of Byzantium and Eastern Europe, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences; Associate Professor, Department of Systematic Theology and Patrology, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow, Russia. Email:



Kallistos Angelikoudes, Discourses, Chapters, Byzantine hesychasm, Mount Athos, Philokalia, manuscript tradition, genres of Byzantine theological literature, ascetic miscellanea


This article explores the little studied and partially unpublished literary corpus of Kallistos Angelikoudes, one of the most fascinating late Byzantine hesychast authors. It addresses some of the problems associated with the manuscript tradition of his writings and offers a new approach to the systematization of his oeuvre. Despite the uncertainty regarding the identification of the two groups of texts that make up the books of Angelikoudes’ literary corpus, that is, the Hesychastic Education and the Hesychastic Consolation, this article advances an argument with regard to the possible composition of these works.


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Byzantine Hesychastic Texts. Edited by Alexey G. Dunaev. Moscow: Moscow Patriarchate Publishing House, 2012 (in Russian).

Filocalia sau culegere din scrierile Sfinţilor Părinţi care arată cum se poate omul curăţi, lumina şi desăvîrşi. Translation, introduction and notes by Dumitru Stăniloae. Vol. 8. Bucharest: Editura Institutului Biblic şi de Misiune al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române, 1979.

Kallistos Angelikoudes. Κατὰ Θωμᾶ Ἀκινατοῦ. Edited by Stylianos G. Papadopoulos. Athens: Γρηγόρη, 1970.

Quatre traités hésychastes inédits. Edited by Symeon Koutsas. Athens, 1998. First publish in Θεολογία 67.1 (1996): 109–156; 67.2 (1996): 316–360; 67.3 (1996): 518–529.

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“The Corpus of Kallistos Angelikoudes’ Writings: A Reconsideration.” Istoriya 10.3 (77) (2019) (in Russian).

“A Note on Kallistos Angelikoudes’ Works Not Included in the So-called ‘Hesychastic Consolation:’ Logos 16 and Its Church Slavonic Translation.” Kapterevskie Chteniya 18 (2020): 102–128 (in Russian).

“Codex Vatopedinus gr. 610 and Its Place in the Manuscript Tradition of Kallistos Angelikoudes’ Works.” Istoriya 12.5 (103) (2021) (in Russian).

“A Discourse by Kallistos Angelikoudes Not Included into the So-called ‘Hesychastic Consolation:’ The Editio Princeps of Logos 13 Based on the Codex Barberini gr. 420.” Kapterevskie Chteniya 19 (2021): 28–44 (in Russian).

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How to Cite

RODIONOV, O. . (2023). THE LITERARY LEGACY OF KALLISTOS ANGELIKOUDES: AN ATTEMPT AT SYSTEMATIZATION. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, 67(2), 43–57.