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The Life and Death of Theodore of Stoudios

The Life and Death of Theodore of Stoudios

Edited and translated by Robert H. Jordan and Rosemary Morris

ISBN 9780674261198

Publication date: 11/16/2021

Theodore (759–826), abbot of the influential Constantinopolitan monastery of Stoudios, is celebrated as a saint by the Orthodox Church for his stalwart defense of icon veneration. Three important texts promoting the monastery and the memory of its founder are collected in The Life and Death of Theodore of Stoudios.

In the Life of Theodore, Michael the Monk describes a golden age at Stoudios, as well as Theodore’s often antagonistic encounters with imperial rulers. The Encyclical Letter of Naukratios, written in 826 by his successor, informed the scattered monks of their leader’s death. Translation and Burial contains brief biographies of Theodore and his brother, along with an eyewitness account of their reburial at Stoudios.

These works, translated into English for the first time, appear here alongside new editions of the Byzantine Greek texts.


  • Robert H. Jordan was an Assistant Director and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Rosemary Morris is a former Reader in History at the University of Manchester. She teaches at the University of York.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press