Aghios in Greek means "holy" or "saint," and thus this modern term describes the vast number of biographies (vitae) of martyrs and of other saints, as well as collections of their sayings and accounts of their miracles. Most biographies of saints contain a wealth of important details about social conditions of the time, especially in rural areas of the empire often overlooked by more traditional historical sources. Occasionally, important information is revealed about significant political events. For example, the vita of Daniel the Stylite (qq.v.) informs us about the reasons for the disgrace of Aspar (q.v.), and how Zeno became known to Leo I (qq.v.).

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  • Hagiography — • The name given to that branch of learning which has the saints and their worship for its object Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Hagiography     Hagiography      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Hagiography — Ha gi*og ra*phy ( f[y^]; 277), n. Same as {Hagiographa}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hagiography — (n.) writing of saints lives, 1821, from Gk. hagios holy (see HAGIOLOGY (Cf. hagiology)) + GRAPHY (Cf. graphy). Related: Hagiographic (1819); hagiographical (1580s); hagiographer (1650s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hagiography — ► NOUN 1) the writing of the lives of saints. 2) a biography idealizing its subject. DERIVATIVES hagiographic adjective hagiographical adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • hagiography — [hag΄ē äg′rə fē, hā΄jēäg′rə fē] n. pl. hagiographies [ HAGIO + GRAPHY] 1. a book or writing, or an assemblage of these, about the lives of saints 2. such books or writings as a field of study …   English World dictionary

  • HAGIOGRAPHY — Although hagiographies, embellished accounts of biblical worthies, are not unknown in previous ages, particularly in the apocrypha (e.g., lives of the prophets and Martyrdom of isaiah ), in the Middle Ages they developed as a specific genre of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • hagiography — hagiographic /hag ee euh graf ik, hay jee /, hagiographical, adj. /hag ee og reuh fee, hay jee /, n., pl. hagiographies. the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology. [1805 15; HAGIO + GRAPHY] * * * Literature describing… …   Universalium

  • hagiography — UK [ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfɪ] / US [ˌhæɡɪˈɑɡrəfɪ] noun [countable] Word forms hagiography : singular hagiography plural hagiographies 1) a book about the lives of saints 2) formal a book about a person s life that deliberately includes only good things about …   English dictionary

  • hagiography — noun Date: 1821 1. biography of saints or venerated persons 2. idealizing or idolizing biography …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hagiography — noun /ˌheɪdʒiˈɑɡrəfi,ˌhæɡiˈɒɡrəfi/ a) The study of saints. b) A biography of a saint …   Wiktionary

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