- Associate Professor:Faculty of Humanities / Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies
- Senior Research Fellow:Faculty of Humanities / Centre for Medieval Studies
- Arkadiy Avdokhin has been at HSE University since 2018.
Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin has recently defended his doctoral thesis at King's College London and joined HSE as a Postdoctoral fellow. He is teaching seminars in late antiquity and Byzantium.
Originally trained as a classicist at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Arkadiy went on to do his PhD at King's, where he also gained experience in undergraduate teaching. He was also an active participant of late antique and Byzantine seminars at the University of Oxford in 2013-15
Dr Avdokhin is a scholar with wide-ranging interests in how texts work in late antiquity and early Byzantium (4rd–7th cc. AD) as means of communicating religious and social discourses. His academic interests span from devotional poetry to inscribed imperial edicts put up in city spaces, as these all are various manifestations of textuality and how it functions in this period.
Arkadiy's thesis examined Athanasius of Alexandria’s thought and writings in the context of ecclesial, ascetic, and liturgical developments in fourth-century Christian communities in Egypt. Currently he is working on a research project on early Byzantine imperial epigraphy while continuint his research into early Christian prayers and hymns
Education and Degrees
King’s College London
Russian State University for the Humanities
Student Term / Thesis Papers
D. Kotov, The Image of Constantine in Socrates Scholasticus and Sozomenus: Reception and Modification of Eusebius of Caesarea. Faculty of Humanities, 2019
- Archaeology of Late Antiquity and Early Byzantine Period (Master’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 2 year, 1-3 module)Rus
- Byblical and Classical Text Studies: Itnroductory Course (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 1 year, 2 module)Rus
- Latin (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 2 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Research Seminar: Christian Archeology and Architecture in the Middle Ages (Master’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus
Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin has worked on the intricate relationships between liturgical texts, doctrine and ecclesial politics for many years. Alongside his interest in late antique hymnic texts (mainly Christian, but also non-Christian), Dr Avdokhin has engaged with the study of such wider strands of late antique religiosity as the cult of emperor (particularly in the context of the shift to Christianity) and religious epigraphy (particularly its visual presence in urban spaces), and these interests have expressed themselves in a number of conference papers and forthcoming publications.
Dr Avdokhin's overarching interest is in the different facets of religious language and discourse (both linguistically and visually conceived) in course of the arrival of Christianity as the new dominant religion in late antiquity, and how it established itself in cultic and religious public texts. (Para)liturgical hymns (Christian and pagan), religious inscriptions, and public involvement with the cult of emperor all fit within this wider conceptual frame.
- Chapter Avdokhin A. (Il)legal freedom? Christ and Redemption from Slavery to Satan in Late Antique Liturgical Texts from Asia Minor, in: Slavery in the Late Antique World, 200–700 CE. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021. P. 100-125. (in press)
- Chapter Avdokhin A. Epigraphy of Contested Spaces: Doctrinal Identities, Imperial and Local Agencies in an Inscribed Letter of Justinian (IEph 1353), in: Byzantine Anatolia: Space and Communities. Papers of the Fifth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. Koç Üniversitesi, 2021. P. 30-45. (in press)
- Book Avdokhin A. Resonant Faith in Late Antiquity. Idiom, Music, and Devotion in Early Christian Hymns / Ed. by A. Avdokhin. NY : Routledge, 2021. (in press)
- Chapter Avdokhin A. Resounding Martyrs: Hymns and the Veneration of Saints in Late Antique Miracle Collections, in: Dynamics of the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity. Turnhout : Brepols Publishers, 2021. (in press)
- Chapter Avdokhin A. Singing Heresy: HYmns of Doctrinal Dissenters in Late Antiquity in Heresiological Imagination, Past and Present, in: Resonant Faith in Late Antiquity. Idiom, Music, and Devotion in Early Christian Hymns / Ed. by A. Avdokhin. NY : Routledge, 2021. (in press)
- Article Avdokhin A., Шахов Ю. А. Christianizing Statues Unawares? Imperial Imagery and New Testament Phrasing in a Late Antique Honorific Inscription (IEph 4.1301) // Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 2020. Vol. 216. P. 55-68.
- Chapter Avdokhin A. Pagan and Christian language: an Epigraphic Case Study, in: Language and Culture in Early Christianity: A Companion. Leuven : Peeters, 2020. (in press)
- Article Avdokhin A. Review of T. Arentzen, The Virgin in Song. Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) // Byzantinische Zeitschrift. 2020. Vol. 113. No. 3. P. 1089-1095. doi
On 26 March 2021, it was announced that Dr Arkadiy Avdokhin, Associate Professor at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, Senior research fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies, HSE University, was successful in his application for a research grant to fund a 4-year Russian-Austrian project on pilgrims’ inscriptions in Byzantium and Old Rus’. The project has received funding from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Austrian science fund (FWF Der Wissensсhaftsfond).