Joachim Cotsonis

Dr. Joachim Cotsonis

Address50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 2445

Director of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

B.S., University of Maryland,
M.Div., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,
M.A., Pennsylvania State University,
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University,

Very Rev. Dr. Cotsonis’ area of research and academic inquiry is in the field of Byzantine Art. His particular fields of expertise are in the liturgical arts, manuscript illumination, religious iconography of Byzantine lead seals, and Christian iconography. He is one of two leading scholars in North America on Byzantine lead seals. The seals are the richest body of evidence for the iconography of the saintly figures and their cult in Byzantium, and key documents for the study of both orthodox piety and the political use of religious art. Beyond numerous articles on these matters, he is the author of a book, Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses, which is now regarded as the standard work on the subject. Before coming to Holy Cross, Fr. Joachim was an Assistant Bibliographer and Museum Exhibition Associate at Dumbarton Oaks Library, Harvard Center for Byzantine Studies. He has served on the Governing Board and the Program Committee of the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference and was a Voted Member of the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies. In April of 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Art History of The Pennsylvania State University.

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