The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century by Andrew CainThe Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century by Andrew Cain

The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

byAndrew Cain

Hardcover | June 18, 2016

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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto was one of the most widely read and disseminated Greek hagiographic texts during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. To this day it remains, alongside Athanasius' Life of Antony, one of the core primary sources for fourth-century Egyptian monasticism aswell as one of the most fascinating, yet perplexing, pieces of monastic hagiography to survive from the entire patristic period. However, until now it has not received the intensive and sustained scholarly analysis that a monograph affords. In this study, Andrew Cain incorporates insights fromsource criticism, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, literary criticism, and historical, geographical, and theological studies in an attempt to break new ground and revise current scholarly orthodoxy about a broad range of interpretive issues and problems.

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Andrew Cain is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Title:The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:June 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The TextDeconstructing the 'Lost Primitive Greek HM' theoryRestoring the Primacy of GSyriac Translations of the HMStatus of the Greek Text2. Provenance, Date, and AuthorshipProvenanceDate of CompositionCandidates for AuthorshipIntentional Anonymity3. GenreItinerariaCollective BiographyEncomiumActa MartyrumApophthegmata PartumSui Generis4. Literary Influences and IntertextsClassical Greek LiteratureThe BibleThe Life of Antony5. StyleFigures of SoundFigures of RepetitionFigures of RedundancyFigures of ParallelismFigures of ImageryOther Figures of RhetoricProse RhythmConclusion7. The New Prophets and ApostlesDirect typology (Old Testament)Indirect typology (Old Testament)Indirect typology (New Testament)Indirect typology (Inter-Testamental)The HM as postbiblical Scripture8. Characterization and the Unholy OtherPagansSyrian asceticsManichaean hereticsConclusion9. Through Them the World is SustainedParadise regainedConservators of humanityMinisters of salvation10. A Manual for Monastic LivingIntended audienceThe monks as exemplars and teachersThe monastic regimenConclusion11. Piety and PropagandaEvagrius in the HMActive vs. contemplative monasticismPure prayerApatheiaDemons and impure thoughtsEvagrius and his teachings in Rufinus Latin HMConclusionBibliography