The Life and Thought of Evagrius Ponticus

Luke Dysinger OSB

in Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273201
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602986 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Life and Thought of Evagrius Ponticus

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This chapter discusses the life and writings of Evagrius Ponticus. The main source of information on Evagrius’ life is Palladius, Bishop of Helenopolis, who spent nine years as a disciple of Evagrius in the desert of Kellia. Evagrius’ writings are classified along a spectrum, with narrative treaties at one end, and collections of gnomic sentences at the other. His understanding of the spiritual life is summarized as ‘the mind’s long journey to the Holy Trinity’.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; biography; narrative treaties; gnomic sentences; spiritual life; theory

Chapter.  18300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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