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Evagrius and his legacy

Author: Joel Kalvesmaki; Robin Darling Young
Publisher: Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evagrius of Pontus (ca. 345-399) was a Greek-speaking monastic thinker and Christian theologian whose works formed the basis for much later reflection on monastic practice and thought in the Christian Near East, in Byzantium, and in the Latin West. His innovative collections of short chapters meant for meditation, scriptural commentaries in the form of scholia, extended discourses, and letters were widely translated  Read more...
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Named Person: Evagrius, Ponticus; Evagrius, Ponticus; Evagrius, Ponticus; Evagrius, Ponticus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Kalvesmaki; Robin Darling Young
ISBN: 9780268033293 0268033293
OCLC Number: 946607538
Description: x, 404 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : The ornament and intellect of the desert / Robin Darling Young & Joel Kalvesmaki --
Evagrius and Cappadocian orthodoxy / Brian E. Daley --
Thoughts that cut : cutting, imprinting, and lingering in Evagrius of Pontus / Kevin Corrigan --
Evagrius Ponticus, exegete of the soul / Luke Dysinger --
Evagrius and authority / Blossom Stefaniw --
Evagrius Ponticus and Maximus the Confessor : the building of the self in praxis and contemplation / Julia Konstantinovsky --
The role of letters in the works of Evagrius / Robin Darling Young --
Philoxenos of Mabbug and the simplicity of Evagrian gnosis : competing uses of Evagrius in the early sixth century / David A. Michelson --
Evagrius beyond Byzantium : the Latin and Syriac receptions / Columba Stewart --
Evagrius : east of the Euphrates / Anthony J. Watson --
Evagrius in the Byzantine genre of chapters / Joel Kalvesmaki --
Origenism and anti-Origenism in the late sixth and seventh centuries / Dirk Krausmüller --
The Evagrian heritage in late Byzantine monasticism / Gregory Collins.
Responsibility: edited by Joel Kalvesmaki and Robin Darling Young.

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Evagrius of Pontus (ca. 345-399) was a Greek-speaking monastic thinker and Christian theologian whose works formed the basis for much later reflection on monastic practice and thought in the Christian Near East, in Byzantium, and in the Latin West. His innovative collections of short chapters meant for meditation, scriptural commentaries in the form of scholia, extended discourses, and letters were widely translated and copied. Condemned posthumously by two ecumenical councils as a heretic along with Origen and Didymus of Alexandria, he was revered among Christians to the east of the Byzantine Empire, in Syria and Armenia, while only some of his writings endured in the Latin and Greek churches. A student of the famed bishop-theologians Gregory of Nazianzus and Basil of Caesarea, Evagrius left the service of the urban church and settled in an Egyptian monastic compound. His teachers were veteran monks schooled in the tradition of Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Anthony, and he enriched their legacy with the experience of the desert and with insight drawn from the entire Greek philosophical tradition, from Plato and Aristotle through Iamblichus. Evagrius and His Legacy brings together essays by eminent scholars who explore selected aspects of Evagrius's life and times and address his far-flung and controversial but long-lasting influence on Latin, Byzantine, and Syriac cultures in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Touching on points relevant to theology, philosophy, history, patristics, literary studies, and manuscript studies, Evagrius and His Legacy is also intended to catalyze further study of Evagrius within as large a context as possible. (Publisher).

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