Ascetic Culture: Essays In Honor Of Philip Rousseau

Hardcover | October 30, 2013

EditorBlake Leyerle, Robin Darling Young

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Ascetic Culture honors Philip Rousseau’s pathbreaking work on early Christian asceticism in a series of essays exploring how quickly the industrious and imaginative practitioners of asceticism, from the early fourth through the mid-fifth century, adapted the Greco-Roman social, literary, and religious culture in which they had been raised. Far from rejecting the life of the urban centers of the ancient world, they refined and elaborated that life in their libraries, households, and communities.
 
The volume begins with a discussion of Egyptian monastic reading programs and the circulation of texts, especially the hugely influential Life of Antony. A second group of essays engages the topic of disciplinary culture in ascetic spaces such as the monastery, the household, and the city. A third group focuses on the topic of imaginary landscapes and ascetic self-fashioning. Ascetic Culture concludes by surveying the scholarly study of asceticism over the last one hundred and fifty years, arguing that previous generations of scholars have regarded asceticism either as a product of the inner dynamism of early Christianity or as a distortion of its earliest aims. Together, the contributors recognize, reflect upon, and extend the themes explored in Rousseau’s work on early Christianity’s ascetic periphery—a region whose inhabitants reflect in various ways the aspirations of their religion, from the daily to the otherworldly.
 
"Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau is a significant resource for scholars and students interested in the study of Christianity in late antiquity. It offers a fascinating collection of investigations into early Christian ascetic rhetoric and practice as well as ample self-reflection on contemporary scholarly interpretation of primary source data. In so doing, the authors honor Philip Rousseau's major contributions to the field." —Stephen J. Davis, Yale University

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Ascetic Culture honors Philip Rousseau’s pathbreaking work on early Christian asceticism in a series of essays exploring how quickly the industrious and imaginative practitioners of asceticism, from the early fourth through the mid-fifth century, adapted the Greco-Roman social, literary, and religious culture in which they had been rai...

Blake Leyerle is associate professor of theology and classics at the University of Notre Dame.Robin Darling Young is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.Contributors: Virginia Burrus, Daniel F. Caner, Catherine M. Chin, Malcolm Choat, Elizabeth A. Clark, Patricia Cox Miller, Susanna Elm, Georgia Frank, James...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268033889

ISBN - 13:9780268033880

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