Athanasius Parios

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The holy Hieromonk St. Athanasios Parios was an eminent Theologian, philosopher, educator, Hymnographer and author of the lives of various Saints, was born around the year 1722 in Kostos, a small village of Paros, one of the Cyclades Islands of the southern Aegean Sea and is known as a Master of the Greek Nation. He is commemorated by the church June 24.


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  • He is known as one of the great "Collybades".
  • On the island of Paros he received instruction in the "common letters." Desiring higher education, he left his parents and his native place and went to Smyrna, to study at the splendid Greek school of that city. The school was founded in 1717, and was later named the Evangeliki School, and became famous. He resided in Smyrna during a period of six years, diligently applying himself to all the subjects that were taught there.

Written Works of St. Athanasius Parios

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  • Apologetics
    • St. Gregory Palamas and Antipapas


  • Athanasius the student and monk from Koliakia, Thessaloniki (d. September 8, 1774). Athanasius was from the village of Koliakia, near Thessaloniki, and was provided for with a good education, where he studied under Athanasius Parios in Thessaloniki. He later went to Mount Athos to the Monastery of Vatopedi where he became a monk. Athanasius later martyred for Christ, not willing to convert to the Islamic faith. He was hanged and buried near the Church of St. Paraskeve.
  • Minas Minoidis (d. France). A student of Athanasios Parios. He taught rhetoric and philosophy in Serres and Thessaloniki. He also taught Ancient Greek language and literature in Paris. Interpreter at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Militantly opposed to Korais' ideas on the Language Question, he was his most severe and unfair critic. A fervent supporter of the fight for independence. He discovered the verse Myths of Vavrios in a Mount Athos manuscript.

See also

  • St. Nicephorus of Chios (May 1), was sent to the city of Chios to be educated in its schools by the Gabriel Astrakaris. Nicephorus remained close to this priest throughout the period of his education, where he developed a love for learning, and a respect for those who taught others. He also met St. Athanasius Parios, who was the Director of the school in the city of Chios

Suggested Reading

  • SAINT ATHANASIOS PARIOS (MODERN ORTHODOX SAINTS, VOL. 15) by Constantine Cavarnos. St. Athanasios of Paros, together with St. Macarios of Corinth and St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite were the three great spiritual leaders of the 18th century in Greece and leaders of the "Kollyvades Movement." The is the first English-language life of St. Athanasios, theologian, hymnographer, writer of lives of saints and philosopher. Also contains reviews and selected passages from his writings, and a brief account of the life of St. Macarios of Corinth. 170pp