The joint cult of St. Simeon and St. Sava under Milutin : the monastic aspect
MA Thesis in Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, May (2009)
Joint cult of St. Simeon and St. Sava originated in Serbian state under king Milutin in the end of thirteenth-beginning of fourteenth century. The present work focuses on the monastic, athonite aspect of saints’ association, which happened in Hilandar monastery on the Mount Athos.
In medieval Serbia under the reign of Milutin (1282-1321) one new cult came into existence. St. Simeon and St. Sava, the founder of the Nemanide dynasty and the first Serbian archbishop, appear together as a saintly pair in charters, hymnography, hagiography, and mural and icon painting. Although both saints had already been venerated separately earlier, their joint cult was a new phenomenon which appeared at the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fourteenth century.