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Hagiography (from Greek hágios, “holy,” and graphḗ, “writing”) is the conventional modern term for the representation of saints, usually in the form of a Christian biography meant to be edifying to the reader [19. 1]. In an extended sense, hagiography (or better: hagiology) can also mean academic engagement with the historiography of the saints. Both meanings first appeared in the 19th century. In late antiquity, hagiographa was a ter…

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Bergengruen, Maximilian, “Hagiography”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020571>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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