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This article demonstrates the link between Nektarios Terpos and the decorative programme of Ardenica Monastery, Myzeqe, central Albania. An early eighteenth-century preacher against Islam and conversion to Islam, Terpos emphasized the importance of forbearance of suffering, even death by martyrdom, in the conviction that suffering leads to salvation and glorification, while conversion to Islam to damnation. Terpos was abbot of Ardenica Monastery. The analysis of its decorative programme, which emphasizes salvation and glorification through suffering and passion, and of the works of Terpos concludes that Nektarios Terpos must be the mastermind behind the inception of the katholikon’s decorative programme.

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This paper is important because it furnishes an holistic appreciation of how ecclesiastical art was actively used in church life through preaching in the course of the 18th century.


This paper contributes in the understanding of ecclesiastical art beyond aesthetics.

Konstantinos Giakoumis
Universiteti Europian i Tiranes

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This page is a summary of: Nektarios Terpos and the iconographic programme of Ardenica Monastery, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, March 2017, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1017/byz.2016.30.
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