Death and the Fate of the Soul in Byzantium: Theologies, Liturgies, Images

Athon. Dionysiou 65, fol. 11v, detail showing the weighing of deeds. Photo by Robert S. Nelson

Date: Oct 12, 2017 Time: 6:15 PM–7:45 PM Location: Harvard Faculty Club Address: 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Vasileios Marinis investigates what the Byzantines believe happened to the soul after death and until the final resurrection and Last Judgment using liturgical, theological, literary, and material evidence.


Vasileios Marinis, Yale University

Vasileios Marinis is associate professor of Christian art and architecture at Yale University. Professor Marinis has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Outstanding Scholarship at Yale, two fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the S.C. and P.C. Coleman Senior Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2015–2017, he was a Humboldt fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He has published on a variety of topics ranging from early Christian tunics decorated with New Testament scenes to medieval tombs, graffiti, and the interaction of architecture and ritual in the Byzantine churches of Constantinople. His latest monograph titled Death and the Afterlife in Byzantium: The Fate of the Soul in Theology, Liturgy, and Art was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.