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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

ISBN : 9780198758259

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Author: 
Andrew Cain
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2016
Series
Oxford Early Christian Studies
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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto was one of the most widely read and disseminated Greek hagiographic texts during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. To this day it remains, alongside Athanasius' Life of Antony, one of the core primary sources for fourth-century Egyptian monasticism as well as one of the most fascinating, yet perplexing, pieces of monastic hagiography to survive from the entire patristic period. However, until now it has not received the intensive and sustained scholarly analysis that a monograph affords. In this study, Andrew Cain incorporates insights from source criticism, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, literary criticism, and historical, geographical, and theological studies in an attempt to break new ground and revise current scholarly orthodoxy about a broad range of interpretive issues and problems.

Index: 

Introduction
1 The Text
Deconstructing the 'Lost Primitive Greek HM' theory
Restoring the Primacy of G
Syriac Translations of the HM
Status of the Greek Text
2 Provenance, Date, and Authorship
Provenance
Date of Composition
Candidates for Authorship
Intentional Anonymity
3 Genre
Itineraria
Collective Biography
Encomium
Acta Martyrum
Apophthegmata Partum
Sui Generis
4 Literary Influences and Intertexts
Classical Greek Literature
The Bible
The Life of Antony
5 Style
Figures of Sound
Figures of Repetition
Figures of Redundancy
Figures of Parallelism
Figures of Imagery
Other Figures of Rhetoric
Prose Rhythm
Conclusion
7 The New Prophets and Apostles
Direct typology (Old Testament)
Indirect typology (Old Testament)
Indirect typology (New Testament)
Indirect typology (Inter-Testamental)
The HM as postbiblical Scripture
8 Characterization and the Unholy Other
Pagans
Syrian ascetics
Manichaean heretics
Conclusion
9 Through Them the World is Sustained
Paradise regained
Conservators of humanity
Ministers of salvation
10 A Manual for Monastic Living
Intended audience
The monks as exemplars and teachers
The monastic regimen
Conclusion
11 Piety and Propaganda
Evagrius in the HM
Active vs. contemplative monasticism
Pure prayer
Apatheia
Demons and impure thoughts
Evagrius and his teachings in Rufinus Latin HM
Conclusion
Bibliography

About the author: 

Andrew Cain is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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