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Akathistos
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The Akathistos hymnos, a Byzantine hymn to the Virgin Mary still very popular in the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches today, goes back to late antiquity. The word means that the hymn was [to be] sung “unseated” (α privativum + καθίζομαι/kathizomai). The time of its composition and the identity of its author are controversial issues. According …

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Schultheiss, Jochen, “Akathistos”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_040672>
First published online: 2019



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