Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus

  • Demetracopoulos, John (PI)
  • Benakis, Linos A. (CoI)
  • Speer, Andreas (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


Scholastic thought in Late Byzantium is an area which remains largely unexplored. The influence of Thomas Aquinas' (1225-74) writings on Byzantine intellectual circles, both Latinophile and Orthodox, has recently attracted revived interest among scholars. The project aims to contribute to the scholarly discussion by producing the source material for the study of this important subject, namely critical editions of Greek translations of, and commentaries on, various works by Thomas Aquinas composed by Byzantine scholars and theologians between the late thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. The majority of these texts remain hitherto unpublished, or partially edited, or published on the basis of a limited number of manuscripts, often lacking information on sources cited therein. Following standard modern methodology, the critical editions, prepared by doctoral students and scholars participating in our project, are based on all extant manuscripts; they comprise a short introduction on the text and the manuscript tradition, while the text is accompanied by an apparatus fontium identifying sources and an apparatus criticus recording all palaeographical and textual phenomena. An index verborum, an index locorum and facsimiles of selected folios of the extant manuscripts are also included. The editions of these texts will shed more light on the philosophical and theological dialogue among distinguished scholars and theologians in the Greek East and the Latin West in a period of intensive intellectual creativity. In this sense, the publication of these texts, in both printed and electronic form, will become an indispensable tool for scholars and students of Byzantine and Western European history and thought.

Host Institutes:

Institute for Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens (2007-2010)
Laboratory of Humanities, University of Patras and Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (2011-)

Collaborating Research Institutes (in alphabetical order):

Fundación Tomás de Aquino, Navarra
Institut für mittelalterliche Philosophie und Kultur, 'St Kliment Ohridski' University of Sofia
Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome
Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne

Sponsors: Hellenic Ministry of Culture (2008-2009); Hellenic Ministry of Economy (2006-2007)

Senior academics:

Professor Linos G. Benakis (Athens)
Professor Andreas Speer (Cologne)

Advisory Board:

Dr Charalambos Dendrinos (London)
Professor Sten Ebbesen (Copenhagen)
Professor Edward G. Farrugia S.J. (Rome)
Professor Georgi Kapriev (Sofia)
Professor Juan Nadal-Cañellas S.J. (Rome)
+ Professor Stylianos G. Papadopoulos
+ Professor Gerhard Podskalsky
Professor Rosario Scognamiglio O.P. (Bari)
Professor Franz Tinnefeld (Munich)

Editor-in-chief: Dr John A. Demetracopoulos (University of Patras)

Research team:

Dr Marie-Hélène Blanchet (Paris)
Professor Linos G. Benakis (Athens)
Dr Dimitrios K. Chatzimichael (Thessaloniki)
Dr Charalambos Dendrinos (London)
Dr Laura Franco (London)
Mr Ioannis Kassidis (PhD student, Athens/Corfu)
Dr Eirene-Sophia Kiapidou (University of Patras)
Mr Michael Konstantinou-Rizos (MPhil/PhD student, London)
Distinguished Professor John Monfasani (New York)
Dr Fevronia Nousia (University of Patras)
Dr Konstantinos Palaiologos (London)
Mr Vasos Pasiourtides (PhD student, London)
Associate Professor Denis Searby (Stockholm)
Dr Christos Triantafyllopoulos (London / Athens)
Dr Michele Trizio (Bari)
Dr Christopher Wright (London)


Series prima: Thomas de Aquino Graecus

Vol. I: Summa contra Gentiles (cum Bernardi Guidonis, Vita S. Thomae Aquinatis, capp. 53-54) (eds. J.A. Demetracopoulos and Ch. Dendrinos)

Pars 1: Liber I
Pars 2: Liber II
Pars 3: Liber III
Pars 4: Liber IV

Vol. II: Summa theologiae

Pars 1: Pars Ia (ed. Ch. Wright)
Pars 2: Pars Ia IIae (ed.M. Trizio)
Pars 3: Pars IIa IIae (ed. F. Nousia)
Pars 4: Pars IIIa (qq. 45, 49, 54, 55) (ed. L. Franco)
Pars 5: Supplementum (76 qq.)

Vol. III: Quaestiones

Pars 1: De potentia (ed. M. Konstantinou-Rizos)
Pars 2: De spiritualibus creaturis (ed. M. Konstantinou-Rizos)

Vol. IV: Opuscula apologetica et polemica

Pars 1: De rationibus fidei ad cantorem Antiochenum (ed. M.-H. Blanchet)
Pars 2: De articulis fidei et Ecclesiae sacramentis (ed. V. Pasiourtides)
Pars 3: De aeternitate mundi (ed. M. Trizio)

Vol. V: Opuscula philosophica

Pars 1: De ente et essentia cum Commentario Armandi de Bellovisu
Pars 2: De fallaciis (dub.); cum Compendio versionis Scholarii a Matthaeo Camariota peracto (ed. D. Chatzimichael).

Vol. VI: Commentaria in Aristotelem

Pars 1: In Aristotelis “De Interpretatione” (ed. J.A. Demetracopoulos)
Pars 2: In Aristotelis “Physicam” (ed. L.G. Benakis)
Pars 3: In Aristotelis “De anima”
Pars 4: In Aristotelis “Metaphysicam”, prooemium (ed. Ch. Triantafyllopoulos)

Vol. VII: Opuscula symbolica et liturgica

Pars 1: Expositio super Symbolum Apostolorum; Confessio (sp.) (ed. K. Palaiologos)
Pars 2: Sermo de festo corporis Christi; Pange lingua (ed. K. Palaiologos)

Vol. VIII: Compendia, florilegia, extracta

Pars 1: Compendia Scholarii. Compendium Summae contra Gentiles; Compendium Iae Partis Summae theologiae; Compendium Iae Partis IIae Partis Summae theologiae (ed. Ch. Triantafyllopoulos)
Pars 2: Bessarionis Compendium quaestionum 1-7 Iae IIae Summae theologiae
Pars 3: Florilegia tria Scholarii ex Summa contra Gentiles necnon ex Summa theologiae
Pars 4: Extracta Plethonis ex Summa contra Gentiles necnon ex Summa theologiae

Series altera: Thomas de Aquino a Byzantinis receptus

Vol. I: Demetrii Cydonis Defensio Sancti Thomae Aquinatis adversus Nilum Cabasilam (ed. D. Searby)

Vol. II: Demetrii Chrysolorae Refutatio operis Demetrii Cydonis “Contra Nilum Cabasilam” sub forma dialogi, in quo auctor ipse cum personis Thomae Aquinatis, Nili Cabasilae et Demetrii Cydonis loquitur (ed. V. Pasiourtides)

Vol. III: Prochori Cydonis “De essentia et operatione Dei” (ed. Ch. Triantafyllopoulos)

Vol. IV: Matthaei Angeli Panareti Contra Thomae, auctoris Latini, de processione Spiritus sancti argumenta; De loco ignis purgatorii contra Thomam Aquinatem (ed. M.-H. Blanchet)

Vol. V: Callisti Angelicoudis seu Meleniciotae Contra Thomae, auctoris Latini, librum sub praetextu “Contra Gentiles” scriptum (ed. M. Trizio)

Vol. VI: Andreae Chrysobergae Apologia ad Bessarionem pro Thomae Aquinatis scriptis de divina essentia et operatione (ed. J. Monfasani)

Vol. VII: Marcus Eugenicus, De resurrectione (ed. E.-S. Kiapidou)

Vol. VIII: Georgii Scholarii - Gennadii II De divina providentia et praedestinatione tractatus I-V (ed. I. Kassidis)

Vol. IX: Loci diversi ex Thomae de Aquino scriptis graece translatis a nonnullis auctoribus Byzantinis aut explicite aut implicite laudati (Simon Constantinopolitanus; Manuel Moschopoulos; Nilus Cabasilas; Nicolaus Cabasilas; Manuel Corinthius; Prochorus Cydones; Demetrius Cydones; Manuel Calecas; Joseph Bryennius; Marcus Eugenicus; Macarius Macres; Manuel II Palaiologus; Georgius Scholarius - Gennadius II; Georgius Gemistus cognomine Pletho; Bessarion; Matthaeus Camariotes et al.).

For further information on the project please contact Dr John A. Demetracopoulos, Editor, “Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus”, Laboratory of Humanities, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Primary Education, University of Patras, Archemedes Street, Building 7, Rion 26504, Patras, Greece, tel: +30 2610 969776; or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, Director, The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, tel. +44 (0)1784 443791, fax +44 (0)1784 433032
Effective start/end date1/09/05 → …