Institute for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies

 
SAINT JOHN DAMASCENE
By Constantine Cavarnos

A concise account of his life and works as a theologian and hymnographer, together with an analysis of his superb Paschal (Easter) Canon, which is presented both in the original Greek language and in precise English translation.

This work had its origin in a lecture which was delivered at the Maliotis Cultural Center of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1978. The lecture appears in the present volume in its original form, except for occasional editorial improvements, and with the addition of several icons of St. John Damascene, a photograph of the Monastery of St. Savvas in Jerusalem, where Damascene dwelt as a monk and wrote his works, a selection of hymns from the Service to St. John, a Bibliography, an Index of Proper Names, and an Index of Subjects.

This book is addressed to all persons interested in religion, particularly in Orthodox Christianity. 2010. 68 pp., 9 illus.

ISBN 978-1-884729-93-5   Paperbound   $8.95
BYZANTINE THOUGHT AND ART
By Constantine Cavarnos

A collection of essays by Prof. Constantine Cavarnos dealing with important but little known aspects of the classical Eastern Orthodox Tradition, the Byzantine. This work introduces the reader to the heart of Byzantine philosophical and theological thought, as well as of the arts of the Byzantine tradition, particularly iconography, hymnody, and music. Written in clear and concise language. 1968. 4th printing, 1988. 139 pp., 20 illus. 5th printing, 2000.

ISBN 0-914744-22-4 Paperbound $10.95
BYZANTINE SACRED ART
By Photios Kontoglou and Constantine Cavarnos

Selected writings of the foremost contemporary Greek iconographer Photios Kontoglou (1895-1965) on the Sacred Arts according to the tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, compiled, translated from the Greek and edited with Prefaces, an Introduction, Notes, and Illustrations by Professor Constantine Cavarnos. There are chapters on Byzantine architecture, hymnography and music, but the emphasis is on wall paintings, panel icons, and mosaics. There is singular vigor in the translations. The book goes to deepen and spiritualize our knowledge of the subject. 1957. 2nd, revised and considerably enlarged edition, 1985. Reprinted 1992. 171 pp., 25 full-page illus.

ISBN 0-914744-61-5 Paperbound $17.50
ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHY
By Constantine Cavarnos

Four essays dealing with the history of Orthodox Christian iconography, the iconographic decoration of churches, the functions of holy icons, and the theology and aesthetics of Byzantine iconography. In addition, there are three appendixes containing authoritative early Christian texts on icons, explanations of the techniques of iconography, and a discussion of two Russian books on icons. “A well-organized and thoroughly readable book.” 1977. 5th printing, 1998. 76 pp., 24 plates.

ISBN 0-914744-37-2 Paperbound $9.95
GUIDE TO BYZANTINE ICONOGRAPHY, VOL. I
By Constantine Cavarnos

Detailed explanation of the distinctive characteristics of Byzantine iconography, of the traditional pattern of decorating Eastern Orthodox churches with panel icons, wall paintings, and mosaics, and of the chief Doctrinal, Liturgical, and Festal icons; together with an explanation of St. John Damascene's defense of holy icons. “An excellent didactic book for the general reading public and specialists, as well as a handy guide for the icon painter.” 1993. 264 pp. Profusely illustrated.

ISBN 0-914744-89-5 Paperbound $28.00
GUIDE TO BYZANTINE ICONOGRAPHY, VOL. II
By Constantine Cavarnos

Detailed, illustrated explanation of ten major icons of the Festal Cycle and of the iconography of God (the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), of the Panagia or Theotokos, of Saint John the Baptist and of the Angels, followed by illuminating remarks of Saint Nectarios of Aegina and Photios Kontoglou on iconographic “Types” and “Archetypes.” First edition, December 2001. 162 pp., 145 illustrations.

ISBN 1-884729-68-1 Paperbound $23.00
THE ICON
Its Spiritual Basis and Purpose

By Constantine Cavarnos

Texts on the spiritual basis and purpose of holy icons by St. John Damascene and the Seventh Oecumenical Synod. Translated from the original Greek by C. Cavarnos, together with an Introduction and Notes by him. 10th printing, 2001. 11 pp., 2 illus.

ISBN 0-914744-19-4 $2.50
BYZANTINE SACRED MUSIC
By Constantine Cavarnos

A concise treatment of the essential characteristics, aims, and execution of the traditional, official music of the Greek Orthodox Church. “An excellent treatise on the beautiful music of the Orthodox Church.” 1956. 6th printing, 1996. 31 pp. $3.00

BYZANTINE CHANT
By Constantine Cavarnos

Written in a lucid and concise style, this book is designed both to explain in a comprehensive manner the nature of Byzantine chant and also to help those who aspire to learn to chant in the Byzantine style. 1998. 102 pp.

ISBN 1-884729-39-X Paperbound $8.95
SPIRITUAL BEAUTY
(TO PNEUMATIKON KALLOS)
By Constantine Cavarnos

An eloquent discussion, in English and Greek, of the concept of Spiritual Beauty with reference to philosophic, religious, and literary writings that date from Antiquity to the present. 1996. 64 pp. Illus. 2nd printing, 2000.

ISBN 1-884729-13-4 Paperbound $7.95
THE GREAT VESPER AND ARTOCLASIA SERVICES IN HONOR OF STS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN
Compiled by Fr. Asterios Gerostergios

In Greek and English. Text in two colors (red and black). Foreward by Asterios Gerostergios. Brief biography of Sts. Constantine and Helen by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos. 1998. 61 pp., illus.

ISBN 1-884729-41-6 Paperbound $7.95
ARISTOTLE'S THEORY OF THE FINE ARTS
By Constantine Cavarnos

This treatise was first presented as a lecture at a graduate seminar at Boston University and published in its original form in 1978 and 1979 in The Classical Outlook. In preparing it for publication in book form, Professor Cavarnos amplified it at many points. Its contents are addressed to all persons who are interested in classical Greek philosophy, in education, and in the fine arts, especially with reference to education and to physical and mental health. First edition, 2001. 94pp.

ISBN 1-884729-62-2 Cloth $15.00
ISBN 1-884729-63-0 Paperbound $7.95
PLATO'S THEORY OF FINE ART
By Constantine Cavarnos

Plato's general theory of fine art and his critical examination of specific fine arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, the dance, music, rhetoric, narrative, comedy, tragedy, lyric and epic poetry. Also, an anthology of passages on the fine arts and the beautiful, compiled from Plato's dialogues and translated from the original Greek texts. Second, augmented edition, 1998. (First edition, 1973.) 112 pp.

ISBN 0-914744-34-7 Cloth $15.00
ISBN 0-914744-35-5 Paperbound $7.95
FINE ARTS AS THERAPY
By Constantine Cavarnos

Plato’s Teaching Organized and Discussed. A lecture delivered at Boston University. 1st printing, 1998. 96 pp.

ISBN 1-884729-32-0 Cloth $15.00
ISBN 1-884729-33-9 Paperbound $7.95
PYTHAGORAS ON THE FINE ARTS AS THERAPY
By Constantine Cavarnos

A lecture delivered at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1993. “Following an outline of the general views of Pythagoras and his followers, Professor Cavarnos evaluates Pythagorean notions about the therapeutic applications of the fine arts. This he follows with a useful and eclectic collection of passages from Homer to the Byzantine writers, which focus on music and literature as therapy.” 1994. 80 pp.

ISBN 1-884729-00-2 Paperbound $7.00
BYZANTINE CHURCHES OF THESSALONIKI
By Constantine Cavarnos

In this book, Professor Cavarnos discusses the architecture and iconographic decoration of seven famous Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki. His discussion proceeds in a clear, simple, instructive, and fascinating way. By means of many well-chosen illustrations, he makes it easy for the reader to follow and enjoy the discussion and to profit from it. There is an English and Greek Foreword by Sophia Ahtaridis, a graduate of the University of Thessaloniki and an accomplished student of things Byzantine. 1995. 88 pp. 35 illus.

ISBN 1-884729-08-8 Paperbound $7.50
BYZANTINE CHURCH ARCHITECTURE
By Constantine Cavarnos

This book is a sequel to the author’s previous volume on the subject of byzantine church architecture, Byzantine Churches of Thessaloniki, publishedin 1995. In this new volume the author presents a series of texts that were written on various occasions, from1950 to the present. This volume includes two appendices containing important selections of Photios Kontoglou’s work on the subject, previously published by Dr. Cavarnos in his book, Byzantine Sacred Art.

Generously illustrated with photographs and architectural renderings, this book is addressed to all persons who have an interest in architecture as a major fine art. 2007. 72pp. total, 19 illus.

ISBN 1-884729-85-1 Cloth $17.95
ISBN 1-884729-85-1 Paperbound $9.95
MEETINGS WITH KONTOGLOU
By Constantine Cavarnos

This book contains fascinating accounts of Dr. Cavarnos' meetings with the renowned iconographer and writer Photios Kontoglou during the period 1952-1965. Cavarnos had long discussions with Kontoglou on all the burning problems that pertain to art, to life, to the world of the spirit, to the trends and searchings. These discussions are vividly presented here. Profusely illustrated. 1992. 214 pp.

ISBN 0-914744-95-X Paperbound $12.00
FINE ARTS AND TRADITION
Presentation of Kontoglou's Teaching

By Constantine Cavarnos

This book is Constantine Cavarnos' third one in which he presents aspects of Photios Kontoglou's philosophy of the fine arts. In his first book, Byzantine Sacred Art, he presents selected writings of this recent icon painter, writer, and philosopher, according to the Tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In his second book, Meetings with Kontoglou, he presents lively discussions which he had with Kontoglou on Byzantine iconography, music, and on contemporary trends in the arts and thought.

Here, Cavarnos gives a concise account of Kontoglou's general philosophy of the fine arts, and presents Kontoglou's defense of the thesis that works of true art are always traditional, grounded in a great art tradition. He defends this thesis with wisdom and vigor, giving telling examples drawn—from his rich resources as a practicing artist and as thinker acquainted with the history of the arts and the great art traditions.

This book is addressed not only to artists, art critics, and aestheticians, but also to educators, and to all persons who are deeply interested in truth, goodness, and beauty. 2004. 96 pp. 8 illus.

ISBN 1-884729-76-2 Paperbound $7.95
THE DRAMATIC POETRY OF DEMETRIOS N. VERNARDAKIS
By John P. Cavarnos

An analytical, comparative, and critical study of seven tragedies of the foremost Greek playwright of the nineteenth century. This is the doctoral dissertation of John Cavarnos that was submitted to the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens for the Dr. Phil. degree. 1962. 244 pp. (in Greek only).

ISBN 0-914744-67-4 Paperbound $8.50
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