Trpimir Vedriš

PhD student



Dr. Trpimir Vedriš is a senior assistant at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He has a degree in history and ethnology (University of Zagreb), MA in Medieval Studies (CEU, Budapest) and PhD in History (University of Zagreb). He also prepares a dissertation at the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU. He teaches Medieval Croatian History and History of Christianity at his home Department, as well as at the Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Split. His fields of interest include History of Southeastern Europe in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, Late Antique and Early Medieval ecclesiastical history, Hagiography and the Cult of Saints in Medieval Croatia (including Dalmatia and Slavonia). He is currently preparing an edition of the Iadertine Hagiographic Cycle and co-editing (with John S. Ott and Ana Marinković) proceedings of the Hagiography symposium organised by Croatian Hagiography Society and International Hagiography Society (Poreč, May 27-30, 2010).


Trpimir's research is meant to contribute to the discussion of the role of Medieval urban hagiography of Early Christian martyrs as particular type of social memory. What Trpimir is interested in is the role of the urban hagiography (in the broadest sense – including liturgical books and pictorial presentations) in “identity making”. The research concentrates on the cults of the so-called principal patron saints of Dalmatian urban communities. Bypassing many other contemporary cults Trpimir will explore only the cult of the saints that were as the most important members of the communal patron-saint-families from the earliest period they appear. These are, almost as a rule, Early Christian martyrs and patrons of the Episcopal cathedrals. The most important examples: the cult of St. Anastasia fourth-century martyr from Sirmium and the patron saint of the cathedral was prominent until the late-twelfth century in Zadar, only to be replaced by the cult of St. Chrysogonus, also a fourth-century martyr from Aquileia and the patron saint of the urban Benedictine monastery. In Split, the primacy of the local Episcopal patron saint, St. Domnius was never contested by any other cult. However, this research would also include the cult of St. Anastasius, an Early Christian martyr from Aquileia and St. Rainerius, a local bishop killed in 1180. Besides Zadar and Split, Trpimir will use the material from other Dalmatian cities such as Rab, Trogir and Dubrovnik. The central issues he intends to address are: 1) Hagiography as/and memory: How was the Late Antique hagiographical heritage preserved (invented/reinvented), received and re-modeled based on contemporary needs and how much does its “medieval afterlife” reflect the profound social, religious and political changes which occurred in the High Middle Ages. 2) Cults and their communities: How did the cults in question reflect the internal relationships between the urban communities and sub-communities and how were they used as the “tools of management of the sacred”. 3) The cult of the patron saints as a form of “civic religion”:

*Besides Dissertation, Trpimir's research will result in an annotated edition of the relevant hagiographic texts (see above).


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