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James C. Skedros

Dean and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity


BA,  University of Utah
MTS,  Harvard Divinity School
ThM,  Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
ThD,  Harvard Divinity School


James C. Skedros is the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, where from 1998 to 2002 he served as Acting Dean of Holy Cross. A graduate of Holy Cross, Dr. Skedros received his Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School in the History of Christianity. From 1996 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor of Orthodox Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His research areas include popular religious practices in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, history of the Byzantine church, Byzantine hagiography, pilgrimage, and Christian and Muslim relations. As a Fulbright Scholar, he has conducted field and archaeological research in Thessaloniki, Greece related to the veneration of St. Demetrios. He has served as co-chair for the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion as well as secretary for the Orthodox Theological Society in America. His publications include, "Festivals, Shrines, and the ‘Undistinguished Mob'" in Byzantine Christianity. A People's History of Christianity (2006) "The Heroikos and Popular Christianity in the Third Century," in Philostratus's Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E. (2004), "The Cappadocian Fathers on the Veneration of the Martyrs" in Studia Patristica (2001), and St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki: Civic Patron and Divine Protector (1999).


Curriculum Vitae PDF pdf



  • Byzantine History
  • Church History I
  • Church History II
  • The Byzantine Church
  • Eastern Christianity & Islam
  • Early Christian Literature
  • Byzantine Iconoclasm
  • Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Hagiography
  • Church and State in Byzantium
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy in Byzantium

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