Evagrius of Pontus: The Greek Ascetic Corpus

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byRobert E. Sinkewicz

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Evagrius of Pontus (c.345-399) was one of the most prominent figures among the monks of the desert settlements of Nitria, Sketis, and Kellia in Lower Egypt. Through the course of his ascetic writings he formulated a systematic presentation of the teaching of the semi-eremitic monks of thesesettlements. The works of Evagrius had a profound influence on Eastern Orthodox monastic teaching and passed to the West through the writings of John Cassian (c.365-435). This is the first complete English translation of Evagrius' Greek ascetic writings, based on modern critical editions, where available, and, where they are not, on collations of the principal manuscripts. Two appendices provide variant readings for the Greek texts and the complete text of the longrecension of Eulogios. The translations are accompanied by a commentary to guide the reader through the intricacies of Evagrian thought by offering explanatory comments and references to other Evagrian texts and relevant scholarly literature. Finally, detailed indexes are provided to allow thereader to identify and study the numerous themes of Evagrian teaching.

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Evagrius of Pontus (c.345-399) was one of the most prominent figures among the monks of the desert settlements of Nitria, Sketis, and Kellia in Lower Egypt. Through the course of his ascetic writings he formulated a systematic presentation of the teaching of the semi-eremitic monks of thesesettlements. The works of Evagrius had a profo...

Robert E. Sinkewicz is Professor of Eastern Christian Studies at the University of Toronto.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:July 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297088

ISBN - 13:9780199297085

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Foundations of the Monastic Life: A Presentation of the Practice of Stillness2. To Eulogios On the Confession of Thoughts and Counsel in their Regard3. [To Eulogios] On the Vices Opposed to the Virtues4. On the Eight Thoughts5. The Monk: A Treatise on the Practical Life6. To Monks in Monasteries and Communities and Exhortation to a Virgin7. On Thoughts8. Chapters on Prayer9. Reflections10. Exhortations 1-211. Thirty-Three Ordered Chapters12. Maxims 1-3Commentary NotesAppendix I: Variant Readings for the Greek textsAppendix 2: The Greek text of Eulogios

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`Review from previous edition Sinkewicz has rendered Evagrius's terse style into an English that is both clear and precise - no small achievement given Evagrius' fondness for technical terms ... Sinkewicz's translation is an important step forward.'The Way