Smell of Sweat, Smell of Semen: The Divinisation of Body Fluids in Patriarch Methodius' Life of Theophanes of Agros

Dirk Krausmüller
This article makes the case that Patriarch Methodius’ Life of Theophanes is not a straightforward hagiographical narrative but a vehicle for theological and anthropological speculation. Focusing on the description of a miracle – the appearance of divine sweet smell in the room where Theophanes and his wife perform ascetic activities – it argues that the sweat of the couple become the locus for a divine manifestation, and that it is at the same time a...
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