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The Origenist monk and bishop

Demetrios S. Katos

in Palladius of Helenopolis

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696963
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696963.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Origenist monk and bishop

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This chapter surveys Palladius' life from the beginning of his ascetic career to his composition of the Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom. It narrates his career among a social network of Origenists, such as Melania the Elder, Rufinus of Aquilea, Isidore the Presbyter, the Tall Brothers, and especially Evagrius of Pontus. It follows his peregrinations through Palestine, Alexandria, Nitria, and Cells, observes his work as a bishop in Asia Minor and as a defender of John Chrysostom that was banished to a frontier garrison. The chapter concludes with an examination of the date, provenance, and audience of the Dialogue. Palladius' emerges from this chapter not merely as a peripatetic monk, his own preferred self‐portrait, but as an ecclesiastical statesman who passionately supported the causes of his network in the most pressing controversies of his day.

Keywords: Origenists; Melania the Elder; Evagrius of Pontus; Nitria; cells; Asia Minor; John Chrysostom; Johnite controversy; Dialogue of St. John Chrysostom

Chapter.  12652 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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