Chapter

The <i>Lausiac History</i>

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/9780199696963.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Lausiac History

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This chapter posits that Palladius did not write his Lausiac History to wax nostalgic about a monastic golden age, but to construct a model asceticism that promoted many of his deceased Origenist associates as exemplars of the spiritual life to Lausus and the imperial court dominated by Pulcheria and her sisters. The chapter discusses the date, provenance, genre, and audience of the History, and Palladius portraits of Didymus the Blind, Isidore the Presbyter, Melania the Elder, Rufinus of Aquilea, and Evagrius of Pontus. Whereas many modern scholars have been interested in seeing how the HL muted its Origenist inheritance, this chapter argues that it served as an apologia on behalf of Origenists and their ascetic program, in part as a response to recent attacks against both by Jerome.

Keywords: Lausiac History; Origenists; Lausus; Pulcheria; Didymus the Blind; Isidore the Presbyter; Melania the Elder; Rufinus of Aquilea; Evagrius of Pontus; Jerome

Chapter.  14636 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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