Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage

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This article examines the rise of monasticism in Late Antiquity. It reveals the close link between traditional Greek society and culture and the rise of monasticism, based on historical evidence and the literary character of the early monastic texts. While not denying the innovative character of much of early monastic life, the rich variety of forms of monasticism, and the strong anti-Hellenic polemic of monastic texts in general, the discussion situates the innovations, variations, and polemic in much closer relation to the society in which it all happened.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • Greek society, monastic texts, Greek culture
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Late Antiquity
EditorsScott Johnson
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-533693-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

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