The Asketikon of St Basil the Great

Hardcover | September 22, 2005

byAnna M. Silvas

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The Asketikon of St Basil the Great comprises a new English translation and studies which re-examine the emergence of monasticism in Asia Minor. The Regula Basilii, translated by Rufinus from Basil's Small Asketikon, is closely compared with the Greek text of the longer edition, as a means totracing the development of ideas. Silvas concludes that the antecedents of the monastic community of the Great Asketikon are best sought not in some kind of sub-orthodox modus vivendi of male and female ascetics living together and increasingly curbed by an emerging neo-Nicene orthodoxy lessfavourable to women ('homoiousian asceticism'), but in the local domestic ascetic movement in Anatolia as typified in the developments at Annisa under the leadership of Makrina.

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The Asketikon of St Basil the Great comprises a new English translation and studies which re-examine the emergence of monasticism in Asia Minor. The Regula Basilii, translated by Rufinus from Basil's Small Asketikon, is closely compared with the Greek text of the longer edition, as a means totracing the development of ideas. Silvas con...

Anna M. Silvas is Australian Research Council Fellow, Department of Classics, History, and Religion, University of New England, Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.41 inPublished:September 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. An introduction to the textual issues2. The ascetic community in the two versions of Basil's Asketikon3. The geography behind the history4. Revisiting the emergence of monasticism in fourth-century Anatolia5. Rufinus, witness of the Small Asketikon6. Basil and the Great AsketikonConclusionThe Asketikon of St Basil the GreatThe Longer ResponsesThe Shorter Responses