Abbreviations Acknowledgements Preface The Akathistos Hymn (Greek text with parallel translation) 1 1. Introduction 21 2. Description of the Hymn 31 3. State of the Research 40 4. A New Approach to the Akathistos Hymn 49 5. The Image: A Structural Analysis 115 6. Epilogue 217 Bibliography 219 The References to Christ in the Akathistos Hymn 231 Index of Greek Words Appearing in the Akathistos Hymn 233 General Index 240
Leena Mari Peltomaa, Ph.D. (2000) in Classical Philology (Greek), University of Helsinki, is working among a team of international scholars researching early Mariology. Her concern is to chart the stages in the origin of the cult of Mary.