HISTORIA MONACHORUM IN AEGYPTO PDF

Oxford University Press ; R. The anonymous author uses his text to argue that God commanded this pilgrimage chapter 6 to visit the true prophets and new apostles of fourth-century Christianity chapters who maintain the universal order chapter 9 through their ascetic practice in the Evagrian tradition that serves as the best model for imitation chapters Dunandor whether it reflects allegations of impurity J. View as list View as tag cloud report abuse. Then they came back down the Nile as far as the desert of Diolcos, close to the sea.

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While other scholars have utilized the HMA as a source for understanding fourth-century Egyptian monasticism or in studies on some aspect of late antique literature, no one has treated the HMA as a literary product in its own right. Cain remedies that in his erudite collection of related studies on the HMA.

The anonymous author uses his text to argue that God commanded this pilgrimage chapter 6 to visit the true prophets and new apostles of fourth-century Christianity chapters who maintain the universal order chapter 9 through their ascetic practice in the Evagrian tradition that serves as the best model for imitation chapters It is this last point, explored in-depth in chapter 11, that is the most interesting of the book. This novel argument fills out scholarly understanding of Evagrius and his influence.

Though chapters 7 on the Egyptian monks as types of the prophets, apostles, and Christ , 9 on the world-sustaining activities of the monks , and 10 on their ascetic practice are also constructive, the last chapter presents the most creative piece. The first part of chapter 6—outlining the pilgrimage in details time, place, distance not present in the HMA—is interesting; though a map would be a helpful accompaniment.

In addition to his copious bibliography, Cain has clearly made extensive use of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae database and its research tools e. This kind of digital humanities analysis allows Cain to uncover unexplored aspects of the HMA and its relationship to biblical, classical, and late antique literature. Cain, in places, can be repetitive. The monograph also suffers from a lack of editing, with three glaring examples sufficing for the totality: randomly missing bibliographical information e.

One can hardly blame Cain for such mistakes in a book of this profound breadth and depth—we all become eye-tired regarding the things we write, especially if we have been working on them at length—but Oxford University Press might consider bolstering its copyediting. Cain could have strengthened his research for chapter 10, where he does not engage any of the classic or recent critical work on asceticism.

His research is excellent, his arguments well documented, and the theses of the eleven chapters will provide ample foundation for years of further scholarship. Perhaps the largest gift Cain has given to scholars of late antiquity, Egyptian monasticism, hagiographical literature, and travelogues is a sense of the HMA as a text on its own terms. This book will be most useful to specialists in the above and affiliated disciplines and sub-disciplines, though advanced graduate students may also find the research helpful.

In short, Cain has ensured that any subsequent books or articles on the HMA must engage with this monograph. That alone places him, and this book, in rare company. About the Reviewer s : Zachary B. Date of Review:.

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Historia Monachorum Aegypto

The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century Andrew Cain Abstract In September , seven monks set out from their monastery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and began making their way to Egypt, where they would spend the next several months visiting an array of monastic celebrities, from the Thebaid in the south to the delta town of Diolcos in the north. More In September , seven monks set out from their monastery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and began making their way to Egypt, where they would spend the next several months visiting an array of monastic celebrities, from the Thebaid in the south to the delta town of Diolcos in the north. The Greek Historia monachorum was one of the most widely read and disseminated Greek hagiographic texts during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. However, until now it has not received the intensive and sustained scholarly analysis that a monograph affords.

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