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Elena Ene D-Vasilescu is a Lecturer in Church History and Doctrine at the University of Oxford. She has a doctorate in Theology from Oxford (2005), an MA in Religion from Ottawa, and a BA (Honours) in Philosophy and History from the University of Bucharest. Her more recent book, "Heavenly Sustenance in Patristic Text and Byzantine iconography" has opened the series 'New Approaches to Byzantine Studies'.

She has been teaching and researching for the University of Oxford in the fields of Byzantine Philosophy/Patristics as well as iconography - most recently on Gregory Nazianzen,[1] Gregory of Nyssa,[2] and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite[3]; and how their works originate in Ancient philosophy (mainly Plato and Aristotle).[4]; and how their works originate in Ancient philosophy (mainly Plato and Aristotle).

Dr Vasilescu’s articles feature in various journals including: The Journal of Theological Studies, Studia Patristica, Journal of Early Christian History, Byzantinoslavica, and Akropolis. They focus on Patristics, Byzantine and post-Byzantine culture, and ecclesiastical art.[citation needed] Sources: “The icon of the Heavenly Ladder”, in Wonderful Things. Byzantium through its Art, Liz James and Antony Eastmond (eds.), Farnham: Ashgate, 2013, 176-184; “Icoane, fresce si călugări zugravi în bisericile de mănăstire din România” [Icons, frescoes, and monks-iconographers], in Istoria Monahismului românesc, Basilica, Bucharest, 2016, pp. 3-49; “Late Developments in Meta-Byzantine Icon-Painting”, 'East-West Review', vol.16, no. 3, Issue 45 (2017), pp. 17-21.

Among her achievements are the following: receiving The Order of St. Antimos of Iberia offered by the Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Patriarchate of Romania in 2017, and leading a British Academy project at the University of Oxford within the field of Byzantine Studies. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.[5]

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  • Heavenly sustenance in Patristic texts and Byzantine iconography. Nourished by the Word, London, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018; ESSA HONORABLE MENTION (2019) published on the 23rd of January 2020; ESSA stays for Early Slavic Studies Association.
  • Visions of God and ideas on deification in Patristic Thought, (co-ed. with Mark Edwards), London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017
  • Devotion to St. Anne from Byzantium to the Middle Ages, (ed.), London, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018
  • A Journey along the Christian way. Festschrift for the Right Rev. Kallistos Ware on his 85th anniversary, (ed.), 2018
  • Between Tradition and Modernity: post-Byzantine Iconography: Icons and Iconographers in Romania, 2009
  • Icoanǎ şi iconari în Romȃnia: cȃt Bizanț, cȃt Occident?, Trinitas, 2009

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  1. “Generation (γενεά) in Gregory Nazianzen’s poem On the Son”, Akropolis, vol. 1 (2017), pp. 169-184
  2. Heavenly sustenance in Patristic texts and Byzantine iconography. Nourished by the Word, London, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018; co-edited book, Visions of God and ideas on deification in Patristic Thought, (co-ed. with Mark Edwards), London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017; Chapter: “Gregory of Nyssa”, in Philip F. Esler (ed.), The Early Christian World, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017 (first edition 2000), chapter 55, pp. 1072-1987; “How would Gregory of Nyssa have understood evolutionism?”, Studia Patristica 67, vol. 15 (2013), pp. 151-169;
  3. Sources: “Pseudo-Dionysius and the concept of Beauty”, in the International Journal of Orthodox Theology 10:1 (2019), pp. 72-117, and the chapter "Is there progress in the Sacred World? Patristic ideas up to the seventh century AD", in A Journey along the Christian way. Festschrift for the Right Rev. Kallistos Ware on his 85th anniversary, (ed.), 2018
  4. “Generation (γενεά) in Gregory Nazianzen’s poem On the Son”, Akropolis, vol. 1 (2017), pp. 169-184; Source: Gregory of Nyssa, Source: book Heavenly sustenance in Patristic texts and Byzantine iconography. Nourished by the Word, London, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018; co-edited book, Visions of God and ideas on deification in Patristic Thought, (co-ed. with Mark Edwards), London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017; Chapter: “Gregory of Nyssa”, in Philip F. Esler (ed.), The Early Christian World, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017 (first edition 2000), chapter 55, pp. 1072-1987; “How would Gregory of Nyssa have understood evolutionism?”, Studia Patristica 67, vol. 15 (2013), pp. 151-169; and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Sources: “Pseudo-Dionysius and the concept of Beauty”, in the International Journal of Orthodox Theology 10:1 (2019), pp. 72-117, and the chapter "Is there progress in the Sacred World? Patristic ideas up to the seventh century AD", in A Journey along the Christian way. Festschrift for the Right Rev. Kallistos Ware on his 85th anniversary, (ed.), 2018
  5. Elena Ene D-Vasilescu, The epektasis and the exploits of the soul in Gregory of Nyssa's De anima et et resurrectione/On the Soul and the Resurrection at the XVIII International Conference on Patristics Studies, 19 August - 24 August 2019; “If you wish to contemplate God”: Pseudo-Dionysius on human will...at The Sixth British Patristics Conference, 5-7 September, 2016, Birmingham; she chaired a session on the Cappadocians; “Blood and the Logos in the writings of Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215)”, The 52nd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, 30 March-1 April, 2019 Cambridge University, UK.

Dr. Vasilescu’s chapter (no. 3, pp. pp. 55-73) within the book Visions of God and ideas on deification in Patristic Thought concerning “Gregory of Nyssa on Theosis” is quoted by Prof. Ilaria L. E. Ramelli in her book ‘A Larger Hope? Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2019, vol. 1, Preface, p. Xiv, ft. 3;

https://philpapers.org/rec/DVATGO: “The ‘Gospel of freedom’ or a Letter of warning? The use of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians in the Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom”, Akropolis 3, 2019: 109-128.

[***The Order of St. Anthimos the Iberian, which Dr. Vasilescu received in 2017, is reffered to most often as Ordinul Antim Ivireanul ( Antim Ivireanul was born in Georgia in the seventeenth century. He was a theologian, scholar, calligrapher, and philosopher. In addition to writing his own books, he was instrumental in installing printing houses across Europe.)]


Dr. Vasilescu is known for opening new direction in Byzantine Studies. Her academic volume "Heavenly sustenance in Patristic texts and Byzantine iconography", which began Palgrave series ‘New approaches to Byzantine history and culture’, has more 1, 000 readers, and in 2019 received the only ESSA HONORABLE MENTION for a book in the competition organized by ESSA ( ESSA stays for Early Slavic Studies Association). The information was published on the 23rd of January 2020.


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The link for the university is: www.ox.ac.uk




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