1207 – The Mount Athos book titles list

The most recent booklist is at nr. 1400

(newly edited 12/04/2013)

Dear Readers,

We do not pretend to present a complete list of books, but it is slowly growing (about 160 – 2013).

As you can see, we mostly pay attention to books published in Dutch, English, German and French, because other languages, like Greek and Slavonic, are difficult for us to understand. Any suggestions for new books are welcome (post a comment).

1029 - An evening at the library
Library of Mylopotamos- September 2009

Anonymous (Proust) – Bezoek aan den berg Athos, de aarde en haar Volken / Dutch 1873

Alain, Durel: La Presqu’ile Interdite. Initiation Au Mont Athos (241 p.), 2010

Alexander (Golitzin), Hieromonk, The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain: Contemporary Voices from Mount Athos, South Canaan, Pennsylvania: St Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 1996 Anthology of some of the best of modern Athonite spiritual writing.

Amand de Mendieta, Emmanuel, Mount Athos, the Garden of the Panaghia, translated by Michael R. Bruce, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1972  original title: La presque ile des caloyers

Angelou, Alkis, J.D. Carlyle’s Journal of Mount Athos (1801)Ὁ Ἐρανιστὴς, 14 (1965): 33-75

Augerias, Francios, Journey to Mount Athos, 2009, ISBN 1901285391

Ballot, Jean-Christophe Ballot, “Mont Athos”, published by Bibliotheque Nationale de France, 2001

Barsky, Vasily Grigorovich, Stranstvovaniia Vasilia Grigorovicha Barskago po sviatym mestam Vostoka s 1723 po 1747 [Travels of Basil Grigorovich Barsky in the holy places of the East from 1723 to 1747], 4 vols, 1885[-]87 Volume 3 of Barsky’s account in Russian of the monasteries of the east is entirely devoted to Athos, with fine line-drawings of the monasteries.

Barsky, Vasily Grigorovich, Vtoroe poseshchenie sviatoi Afonskoi gory Vasilia Grigorovicha-Barskago im samim opisannoe [Basil Grigorovich Barsky’s Second Visit to the Holy Mountain of Athos as Described by Himself], 1887

Bauer, Kurt, Athos – Berg der Herausforderung, 2010, Tyrolia (German)

Belon, Pierre, Les Observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, 1553; as Plurimarum Singularium et Memorabilium Rerum in Graecia, Asia, Aegypto, Iudaea, Arabia, aliisque exteris Provinciis ab ipso conspectarum Observationes, translated into Latin by Carolus Clusius, 1589. Belon found a rivercrab on Mount Athos.

Biès, Jean, Mont Athos, 1963 (French)

Biès, Jean: Voyage a la Sainte Montagne, 1980 (French)

Biès, Jean: Athos: La Montagne Transfigure, May 2000 (French)

Bischof, Rudolf: Erlebnis Athos, Im Banne der Stundentrommel, 2004 (German)

Bos, Rolf, met gedichten Peter van den Hazel, Athos, Amstelveen, 1981 (Dutch)

Bos, Rolf: Een theocratisch paradijs (1997), de Volkskrant 26 juli 2007 (Dutch)

Brekelmans, I.: Pelgrimeren naar de Berg Athos, Den Dungen 1995, pp 269 (verslag van twee reizen in de jaren tachtig) (Dutch)

Brenninkmeijer, Paul: Gastvrijheid en spiritualiteit. Bezoek aan de berg Athos, Pokrof 4(2004)4-6 (Dutch)

Breukel, Thom: Op de Heilige Berg Athos, Eikonikon 13(1989)10-11, 19(1990)9-10 (Dutch)

Brewster, Ralph H., The 6,000 Beards of Athos, 1935

Brockhaus, Heinrich Eduard: Die Kunst in den Athos (German Edition) – May 24, 2002

Bryer, Anthony and Mary Cunningham (editors), Mount Athos and Byzantine Monasticism, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Publications, no. 4, Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 1996 Lively and scholarly contributions on the history, spirituality, economy, and arts and architecture of the Holy Mountain.

Buondelmonti, Cristoforo, Librum Insularum Archipelagi, 1824; as Description des Iles de l’Archipel … Version grecque par un anonyme, publiée d’apres le manuscrit du Sérail avec une traduction francaise et un commentaire, par Emile Legrand, 1897

Byron, Robert, The Station; Athos: Treasures and Men, 1928; with introduction by Christopher Sykes, 1949 and here. Photo’s by Byron.

Cairns, Scott, Short trip to the edge Where earthmeets heaven – a pilgrimage, 2007 also see here

Cavarnos, Constantine, The Holy Mountain, Belmont, Massachusetts: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1973

Cavarnos, Constantine, Anchored in God: An Inside Account of Life, Art and Thought on the Holy Mountain of Athos, 2nd edition, Belmont, Massachusetts: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1975

Capuani/Paparozzi: Athos – 1999 Chariton, Monk, Maties ston Atho/Images of Athos, Mount Athos, 1997 [text in Greek and English]

Coate, Randoll: Mont Athos 1949 (French)

Costa, da, Fabian – Florilage du Mont Athos, 6-5-2005, 276 p. French, ISBN : 2750900409

Cherubim, Archimnadrit Aus dem Garten der Panagia 1981, translated from Greek in German in 2003

Choukas, Michael, Black Angels of Athos, London, 1935

Covel, John, Some Account of the Present Greek Church, with Reflections on their Present Doctrine and Discipline, 1722

Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Monasteries of the Levant’s  in his Leaves from a Viceroy’s Note-book and other Papers, 1926; as A Viceroy’s India, edited by Peter King, 1984. The author follows in the footsteps of his relative Robert.

Curzon, Robert, Visits to Monasteries in the Levant, 1849; with an introduction by D.G. Hogarth, 1916; with an introduction by Seton Dearden and a preface by Basil Blackwell, 1955 (also see here)

Dafis, S. e.a., Nature and natural Environment in Mount Athos, Thessaloni­ki 1997, pp 61 (Treasures of Mount Athos exhibit)

Dahm, Chrysostomus and Ludger Bernhard: Athos: Berg der Verklaerung: German version 1959, Engish version: Athos – Mountain of Light. Published by Burda, 1959 228 pages

Dalrymple, William, The Monastery of Iviron, Mount Athos, Greece, 29 June 1994: The Feast of SS Peter and Paul in his From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium, 1997; and From the Holy Mountain: A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East, 1998

Dapontes, Konstantinos, Kepos Chariton [Garden of the Graces], 1880. Dapontes settled as a monk on Mount Athos in the mid-18th century.

Dawkins, R.M. – The Monks of Athos, 1936

Deroko, Alexander, Athos (Serbian)

Derwahl, Freddy/Kaufmann, Hans-Günther: Athos Das Heilige berühren 1997 (German)

Dinnes, Manfred G./ Kaltenstadler, Wilhelm: Athos, Der Heilige Berg auf entdeckungsreise in der Monchrepubliek 2013 (German)

Dölger,F., Mönchland Athos, München, 1943 , (see 1399)

Doolaard, A. den “Athos: eiland van stilte” in: Katholieke Illustratie, 19 december 1959 (nr. 51), p. 43-47, met foto’s van Cas Oorthuys. and here and here and here (Dutch)

Dora, Veronica della,  Imagining Mount Athos, Visions of a Holy Place, from Homer to World War II, 2011   part 2 here

Eller, Karl, Der Heilige Berg Athos, Muenchen, 1954

Epifanios Mylopotaminos: The Cook Book of Yper Ygias Monastiriakes Syntages of Agiou Orous (Healthy Monastery Recipes of Mount Athos

Epocha Italia, 1953

Fallmerayer, Jakob Philipp, Hagion Oros, oder Der Heilige Berg Athos [The Agion Oros, or the Holy Mountain Athos], edited by Franz Hieronymus Riedl, 1978

Feigl, Erich, Athos Vorhölle zum Paradies, Wien/Hamburg, 1982 (German)

Fennel, Nicholas, The Russians on Athos, Peter Lang, 2001

Friedlander, Richard John: Paradise Besieged: A Journey to Medieval Mount Athos at the Dawn of the Information Age, August 6, 2007, Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.

I.M. Filotheou (ed), Athonikes Stigmes (Moments of Athos), Agion Oros 1994, pp 205

Gabriel (Gavriil) Filothetis, monachos, Athos, Beauty and Grace, Thessaloniki 2004, pp 190 (text in Greek and English, fine pictures!)

(Monk) Gabriel Philotheitis: Glimpses of the Holy Mountain – Photographs of Mount Athos (in Greek – 88 p.), 1997

Gedeon, Manouel Ioannes, O Athos: Anamniseis — Eggrapha — Simeioseis [Athos: Memories — Documents — Notes], Constantinople, 1885; reprinted, Athens, 1990

Geldermans, Raymond: Athos, ark der orthodoxie, Pokrof 49(2002)10-12 (Dutch)

Georgirenes, Joseph, A Description of the Present State of Samos, Nicaria, Patmos, and Mount Athos, translated by Henry Denton, 1678

Gothóni, René: Paradise within Reach: Monasticism and Pilgrimage on Mt Athos, Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 1993

Gothóni, René, The Monastic Magnet: Roads to and from Mount Athos /Graham Speake (Editor), march 2008

Gothóni, René, Tales and Truth: Pilgrimage on Mount Athos Past and Present, Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 1994

Grassi, Emanuele, Berg Athos, Eine Pilgerfahrt zum Berg der Asketen, 1981 (German)

Grdzelidze, Tamara: Georgian Monks on Mount Athos Two Eleventh Century Lives of the Hegoumenoi of Iviron, 2009

Greeve, H. de, Athos, een inleiding, Amsterdam, 1967 (Dutch)

Gullman, Sven H., Athos: det Heliga berget (Skelleftes, 2004) (Swedish)

Hagioritis, Andreas, Guide du Mont Athos, 1976

Harper, Ralph: Journey from paradise, Mt Athos and the interior life, (125 p.) 1987

Hasluck, F.W. (editor), The First English Traveller’s Account of Athos (1677), Annual of the British School at Athens, 17 (1910-11): 103-31

Hasluck, F.W., Athos and its Monasteries, 1924

Haritopoulos, Stathis: Macedonia’s Holy Land, 2000

Hellier, Ch., Athos, The Holy Mountain, in: Monasteries of Greece, London 1996, pp 95-171 (big size, fine photo’s)

Hokwerda, Hero: Athos, van verval tot nieuwe bloei, Lychnari 3(1993)23-24 (Dutch)

Huber, P. Athos – Lebe, Glaube, Kunst, Zurich, 1969 (German)

Huber, P, Athos. Wundertätige Ikonen, Stuttgart ca 1980, pp 50 (German)

Hunink, Vincent: Nieuwe tijden op Athos, Streven 65(1998)597-609 (Dutch)

Hyman, Susan (editor), Edward Lear in the Levant: Travels in Albania, Greece and Turkey in Europe, 1848[-]1849, London: John Murray, 1988

Irmler, Rudolf: Geheimnisvoller Athos (140 p.), 1965, Switzerland

Jean, Frere: Le Jardin de la Vierge, Pelerinage Au Mont Athos, 1991 (French)

Kadas, Sotiris, Mount Athos: An Illustrated Guide to the Monasteries and their History, translated by Louise Turner, Athens: Ekdotike Athenon, 1979 one of the first “tourist” books available

Karakatsanis, Athanasios (editor), Treasures of Mount Athos, Thessaloniki: Museum of Byzantine Culture and Holy Community of Mount Athos, 1997 [exhibition catalogue] A massive and scholarly treasury of all aspects of the arts of Mount Athos, with historical introduction and bibliography.

Kästner, Erhart, Die Stundentrommel vom Heiligen Berg Athos, Wiesbaden, 1956 [The Beating of the Hours on the Holy Mountain Athos], 1956; as Mount Athos: The Call from Sleep, translated by Barry Sullivan, 1961

Kazuhide Kawamata: 聖山アトスに生きる /(trans.: “Aegean monk – living on the Holy Mountain Athos”

Kazantzakis, Nikos, Anaphora ston Gkreko: Myth istorema, 1961; as Report to Greco, translated by P.A. Bien, 1965

Kinnet, Alex: Verslag verblijf op de Agion Oros/Heilige Berg Athos (september 2000), Eikonikon 71(2001)15-18 (Dutch)

Kocs, Zibigniew, Jannis Zinneker: Athos, 1988

Köppen, Werner, Wo die Welt vergessen wird, Mainz, 1981(German)

Khitrovo, Sofiya, Itinéraires russes en Orient, 1889 Accounts by Russian travellers from the 14th to the 16th century, starting with Ignatius of Smolensk.

Koutoumnos, I., Athos, wie der Himmel es sieht (opos to vlepi o ouranos), Athen 1994, pp 51 (aerials from all monasteries, text in Greek, German and English)

Kreichauf, Frits: Als Pilger auf dem Athos (184 p.), 1984

Kuhlman, Rolf, Der Athos auf der Spuren einer Faszination, 2003 Lafontaine, Marc, Le Mont Athos, 1995 (German)

Langlois, Victor, Le Mont Athos et ses monastères, Paris: Didot, 1867. The complete book is online.

Leake, William Martin, Travels in Northern Greece, vol. 3, 183

Lear, Edward: Selected Letters, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988

Lecq, J.B. van der: Athos herbeleefd, Sjofar 31(2003)9-11, 32(2003)9-10 (Dutch)

Leica photografie, nr 6 1963

Leloup, Jean Luc / Ferrante, Ferranti: Mont Athos – sur les chemins de l’ Infini, 2007 (French)

Leloup, Jean Luc, Parales du Mont Athos, 2006 (French)

Loch, Joyce Nankivell, A Fringe of Blue: An Autobiography, 1968

Loch, Sydney, Athos: The Holy Mountain, 1957

Loon, Wim van: Bezoek aan de Heilige Berg Athos, Op weg 49(1995)3, Bezoek aan de Heilige Berg Athos: een impressie, Eikonikon 77(2002)16-17, Katastrofale brand op Athos, Eikonikon 84(2004)5-6, Weerzien met Athos en de ikoon Axion Esti­, Eikonikon 85 (2004)3, Een cel op de Heilige Berg Athos: Vader EfthÃmios en de Heilige Artemios, Eikonikon 93(2006)10-11 (Dutch)

Loving, G.G.: Mt. Athos Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – 1982)

Lyttle, Douglas Demetrios: Miracle on the Monastery Mountain, 2004


Markides, Kyriakos: The Mountain of Silence, Image (Doubleday), New York, NY, 2001

Masmeijer, Pieter: Athos en de wereld, een impressie, Eikonikon 38(1994)11 (Dutch)

Masmeijer, Pieter: Grieks Dagboek, 2013 (Dutch)

Martin, Michael E., Some Western Images of Athos in Early Modern Times, c. 1554-1678, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 22 (1998): 51-74

Meliotos, Stephanos, Georgios Th. Markopulos und Thomas M, Historisches Album des heiligen Berges Athos, 1980

Merrill, Christopher, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain April 19, 2004)

Millet, Gabriel, Monuments de l’Athos, vol. 1: Les Peintures, Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1927 (French). Many images by Millet here.

Mondadori, Monte Athos, 1982

Morgan, Gareth: Athos 60: A Journal of a Visit to the Holy Mountain in the Days of Its Decline (125 p.), 1994

Morritt, John B.S., The Letters of John B.S. Morritt of Rokeby, Descriptive of Journeys in Europe and Asia Minor in the Years 1794[-]6, edited by G.E. Marindin, 1914

Möller, Andreas, Berg Athos – Geschichte einer Monchrepublik, 2005 (German)

Müller, Norbert M., Der Heilige Berg Athos “By Fair Means” okt 2010 (German)

Mylonas, Paul M.: Atlas of Mount Athos / Bildlexikon des Heiligen Berges Athos (2000) publisher Wasmuth. (3 lexicons)

Mylonas, Paul M.: Athos and its Monastic Institutions through old engravings and other work of art – 1963

Mylonas, Paul M.: Le catholicon of Kutlumus Athos – 1994

Neyrat, Stanislas – L’Athos, D’une excursion a la presqu’ile et a la montagne des moines, 1880, in French with black and white pictures

Nicephore, Hieromonk, The holy Mountain Athos, Skiti Mikra Anna, 2003 Noakes, Vivien (editor),

Norwich John Julius and Reresby Sitwell: Mount Athos Photographs by the authors and A. Costa. New York: Harper & Row, 1966 (also see 1107)

Papantoniou, Zacharias, Hagion Oros [The Holy Mountain], 1934

Pennington, M. Basil: The Monks of Mount Athos, 1978

and O Holy Mountain 1983

Perk, Nico van der: Christoforos. Een diaconale ikoon op Athos, Eikonikon 91(2006)8-9 (Dutch)

Perilla, F. Le Mont Athos 1927  2 and 3

Pohl, Gerhart, Wanderungen auf dem Athos, 1961, Berlin, Stuttgart, Lettner

Proust, M.A., Voyage au Mont Athos, 1858

Provatakis, Theocharis, Mount Athos, History – Tradition – Tourism, Thessaloniki, ?

Riley, Athelstan, Athos, or the Mountain of the Monks, 1887 , more here and here.

Rocha, Luis: Mount Athos, A Journey of Self-Discovery, (104 p.), February 26, 2009

Roos, Henk: Athos. Wandelingen door de tuin van de Heilige Maagd, Eikonikon 66(2000)11-16, 67(2000)3-8, 68(2000)10-14 (Dutch)

Rycaut, Sir Paul, The Present State of the Greek and Armenian Churches, Anno Christi 1678, 1679; reprinted, 1970

Sandys, George, A Relation of a Journey begun An. Dom. 1610, 1615

Santarelli, Armando, La montagna di Dio. Un viaggio spirituale al Monte Athos. 2009. Publisher: Rubbettino, 150 pages. ISBN: 978-88-498-2283-0

Sherrard, Philip, Athos, the Mountain of Silence, with colour photos by Paul du Marchie van Voorthuysen, 1960 (also in German: Der Berg des Schweigens – 1959)

Sherrard, Philip, Athos: The Holy Mountain, photos by Takis Zervoulakos, 1982 The most penetrating of recent interpreters according to an unknown reader.

Sibthorp, John, J.E. Smith, and John Lindley, Flora Graeca, 10 vols, 1806[-]40 This is one of the rarest Flora in existence. Vols 2 (1813) and 8 (1832) contain coloured engravings of Mount Athos as frontispieces. See also nrs. 332 + 338 on this log.

Simonopetritis, Andrew: Holy Mountain, 1969

Smyrnakis, Gerasimos, To Agion Oros [The Holy Mountain], Athens, 1903; reprinted, Karyes: Panselinos, 1988

Sotiris, Kadas – Mount Athos, 1981 (my first Athos book, at that time the only one available!)

Sotiropoulos, Dimitris: Holy Mounting, Mercy and Blessing of the Lord (2010, photobook 119 p. in Greek)

Speake, Graham: Renewal in Paradise, 2002, Yale University Press

and The Monastic Magnet

Spencer, Matthew, Athos, Travels on the Holy Mountain 2000

Spitzing, Gunter: Athos der heilige Berg des Ostlichen Christentums (219 p.) 1990

Spunda, Franz: Legenden und Fresken vom Berg Athos. Stuttgart: J.F. Steinkopf, 1962.

Starez Siluan, Monch vom Berg Athos, Sein leben und seine Lehre – Klassiker der Meditation, 2007 (German)

Steinacker, Hans: Athos, Weisheit aus der Stille (47 p.), 2002

Stergioulis, Vasilis Ch., Pelgrim op Athos, de Heilige Berg, 1985 (translated in Dutch 2009)

Stockiner/Strippelmann, Die Mönche vom Heilgen Berg – 2001 (German)

Talbot Rice, David, The Monasteries of Mount Athos, Antiquity, 2/4 (December 1928)

Theunissen, W.P., Monnikenrepubliek van den Berg Athos, Den Haag, 1944 (Dutch)

Theunissen, W.P, Op de heilige Berg Athos, 1965 (Dutch)

Theunissen, W.P. en J. Hartog, De Heilige Berg, Rotterdam 1951, pp 256

Theotokas, Yorgos, Een reisverslag van Athos, 1961, trans. in Dutch 1990 (Dutch) and here  

Thiry, August: Grieks vuur, 2001 (Dutch, Flamish)

Thomas, W.B. – Dare to be free – 1955 and here and here

Tozer, Henry Fanshawe, Researches in the Highlands of Turkey, vol. 1, 1869

The Treasures of Mount Athos – Illuminated Manuscripts – Ekdotike Athenon S. A. Volume 1 published in 1974 and volume 2 in 1975

Trumler, G., Athos. The Holy Mountain, Athens 1994, pp 195 (fine photobook in big size) org. in German: Heilige Berg – Berg der Heiligen, 2009, Brandstatter

Ulrich, Kadelbach, Mit Kazantzakis auf den Athos, Kretische Spuren, 2006

Valentin, Jacques: The Monks of Mount Athos, 1960

Various authors: Le Tour du Monde; Athos, Journal des voyages et des voyageurs; 2. sem. 1860

Vasssiliadis, Anastasios: Halkidiki, Athos, Petralona (German)

Veen, ter Koert, Athos, monnikeneiland, 2001 and here

Verheijen, Ton: Athos, waar de de tijd al tien eeuwen stil staat, Griekenland Magazine, herfst(2004)18-25 (Dutch)

Vogue, de E.M. – Syrie, Palestine, Mont Athos: Voyage aux payes du passé – 1887

Vorbach, Hans, Licht vom heiligen Berg Athos, 2009, Christiana Verlag

Walpole, Robert (editor), Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey, edited from manuscript journals, 1817 (full text on Google books) Walpole’s compilation, confusingly edited, contains extracts from the papers of Dr Philip Hunt and letters from Professor Carlyle recounting their 1801 visit to Athos and investigations of libraries and manuscript holdings. It also includes a few short extracts from the journals of John Sibthorp.

Ware, Timothy,(Kallistos): The Orthodox Church, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963; 2nd revised edition, 1993 The standard work for English speakers.

Wittig, M.A., Athos. Der Heilige Berg von Byzanz, Wurzburg 1990, pp 135


Yiakoumis, Haris and Roy, Isabelle: La Grèce:  La Croisière Des Savants, Editions A et J Picard, 27 April 2000, 260 pages

Zimbardo, Xavier, Monks of Dust: The Holy Men of Mount Athos, 2001

Zembylas, Tasos, Die Monchrepublik Athos – Eine spirituelle Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung

Zwerger, Rheinhold, Wege am Athos, 2005. also here and here and here 

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2 Responses to 1207 – The Mount Athos book titles list

  1. Joseph says:

    Thank you for this great book list. How about Scott Cairns’ book “Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven A Pilgrimage”?

  2. Josef Staud says:

    Please receive in Your booklist:

    Benz,Ernst, Patriarchen, Einsiedler, Diederichs-Verl., Düsseldorf, 1965
    Pelekanidis,S.M., u.a., The treasures of Mount Athos, ,Vol. 1-4, Ekdotike Athenon, 1974

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