The Team

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Dr Andrew Mellas

Senior Lecturer in Church History and Liturgical Studies, St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College
Bachelor of Arts (Honours and University Medal, University of Sydney, 2001), Bachelor of Law (University of Sydney, 2003), PhD (University of Sydney, 2018).

Dr Andrew Mellas is the Senior Lecturer in Byzantine History and Liturgical Studies at St Andrew’s. In 2018, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney on the emotion of compunction in Byzantium. Andrew has published various chapters and articles on the history of Byzantium, liturgics and hymnody in peer-reviewed publications and journals, as well as presenting papers on these subjects at international conferences. He is also a member of the Australian Byzantine Choir and has memberships as the

  • Honorary Associate, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney
  • Member of the Society of Oriental Liturgy
  • Member of the Australasian Association of Byzantine Studies
  • Member of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the ISOCM Journal
  • Member of the Committee on the Translation of Liturgical Texts (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)
  • 2020

    Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody

    Cambridge University Press, 2020

  • 2020

    Hymns of Repentance

    Popular Patristics Series Volume 61 Hymns of Repentance Saint Romanos The Melodist, Editor & Translator: Andrew Mellas, Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press), 2020

  • 2020

    Hymns, Homilies and Hermeneutics in Byzantium

    Series: Byzantina Australiensia, Volume: 25, Editors: Sarah Gador-Whyte and Andrew Mellas, Leiden: Brill, 2020

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles
  • 2020

    Let us Lift up our Hearts’: Transforming Theology into Sacred Song in Romanos the Melodist’s Hymn On Pentecost

    in Towards the Prehistory of the Byzantine Liturgical Year. Festal Homilies and Festal Liturgies in Late Antique Constantinople, Harald Buchinger and Stefanos Alexopoulos (eds) Leuven: Peeters, 2020

  • 2020

    Crying with the Compunction of the Prodigal Son: Byzantine Hymns, Liturgical Emotions and Icons of Repentance

    in Cultures of Compunction in the Medieval World. Graham Williams and Charlotte Steenbrugge (eds), London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

  • 2020

    Herakleios or Herakles? Panegyric and pathopoeia in George of Pisidia’s Heraklias

    in Herakles Inside and Outside the Church. Arlene Allan, Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides and Emma Stafford (eds), Leiden: Brill, 2020, 116-132

  • 2019

    Kratimata sau Teriremuri: experiența afectivă a cântăriiliturgice fără cuvinte [Kratemata & Teretismata: The Affective Experience of Wordless Liturgical Songs

    in Muzica în spaţiul liturgicInterferenţeculturale, Alexandru Ioniţă & Teresa Leonhard (eds) Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2019, 81-104