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Wandering, Begging Monks

Spiritual Authority and the Promotion of Monasticism in Late Antiquity
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ISBN-13:
9780520928503
Seiten:
339
Autor:
Daniel Caner
Serie:
33, Transformation of the Classical Heritage
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

An apostolic lifestyle characterized by total material renunciation, homelessness, and begging was practiced by monks throughout the Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries. Such monks often served as spiritual advisors to urban aristocrats whose patronage gave them considerable authority and independence from episcopal control. This book is the first comprehensive study of this type of Christian poverty and the challenge it posed for episcopal authority and the promotion of monasticism in late antiquity.



Focusing on devotional practices, Daniel Caner draws together diverse testimony from Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, and elsewhere—including the Pseudo-Clementine
Letters to Virgins, Augustine's
On the Work of Monks, John Chrysostom's homilies, legal codes—to reveal gospel-inspired patterns of ascetic dependency and teaching from the third to the fifth centuries. Throughout, his point of departure is social and cultural history, especially the urban social history of the late Roman empire. He also introduces many charismatic individuals whose struggle to persist against church suppression of their chosen way of imitating Christ was fought with defiant conviction, and the book includes the first annotated English translation of the biography of Alexander Akoimetos (Alexander the Sleepless).
Wandering, Begging Monks allows us to understand these fascinating figures of early Christianity in the full context of late Roman society.
An apostolic lifestyle characterized by total material renunciation, homelessness, and begging was practiced by monks throughout the Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries. Such monks often served as spiritual advisors to urban aristocrats whose patronage gave them considerable authority and independence from episcopal control. This book is the first comprehensive study of this type of Christian poverty and the challenge it posed for episcopal authority and the promotion of monasticism in late antiquity.


Focusing on devotional practices, Daniel Caner draws together diverse testimony from Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, and elsewhere—including the Pseudo-Clementine
Letters to Virgins, Augustine's
On the Work of Monks, John Chrysostom's homilies, legal codes—to reveal gospel-inspired patterns of ascetic dependency and teaching from the third to the fifth centuries. Throughout, his point of departure is social and cultural history, especially the urban social history of the late Roman empire. He also introduces many charismatic individuals whose struggle to persist against church suppression of their chosen way of imitating Christ was fought with defiant conviction, and the book includes the first annotated English translation of the biography of Alexander Akoimetos (Alexander the Sleepless).
Wandering, Begging Monks allows us to understand these fascinating figures of early Christianity in the full context of late Roman society.
Acknolwedgements

Abbreviations

Map



Introduction



Chapter One: Wandering in the Desert and the Virtues of Manual Labor

Chapter Two:
Practice What You Preach: Apostolic Wanderers of Third-Century Syria

Chapter Three: In Support of
People Who Pray: Apostolic Monasticism and the
Messalian Controversy

Chapter Four: Apostle and Heretic: The Controversial Career of Alexander the
Sleepless

Chapter Five: Hypocrites and Pseudomonks: Beggars, Bishops and Ascetic Teachers in Cities of the Early Fifth Century

Chapter Six: Monastic Patronage and the Two Churches of Constantinople



Epilogue

Appendix: The Life of Alexander Akoimetos

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