Cyril of Scythopolis


in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780198269342
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683626 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Cyril of Scythopolis

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This chapter discusses Cyril of Scythopolis' work titled The Lives of the Monks of Palestine, which is the main source of information of monastic life in Palestine during the Byzantine period. This work provides a comprehensive account of the development of Palestinian monasticism in the century and a half from 400 to 550 A.D, a period that included the Council of Chalcedon and the conflict over Origenism. It chronicles the lives of the most notable Palestinian monks including Euthymius, Sabas, John the Hesychast, Cyriac, Theognius, and Theodosius.

Keywords: Cyril of Scythopolis; The Lives of the Monks of Palestine; monastic life; Palestinian monasticism; Council of Chalcedon; Origenism; Euthymius; Theognius; Theodosius; John the Hesychast

Chapter.  7978 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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