Demetrios S. Katos

in Palladius of Helenopolis

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696963
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731969 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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The conclusion briefly reviews the book's central claims: that Palladius was an influential personality among Origenist ascetics at the turn of the fifth century; that the Dialogue is best understood through the lens of late antique judicial rhetoric and stasis theory; and that Palladius was deeply influenced in his theology by both Origen and his mentor Evagrius, particularly in his understanding of spiritual progress and human freedom. The conclusion suggests that judicial rhetoric may prove useful for the analysis of other works of Christian literature considering the widespread training among Christian bishops in this area. The author briefly considers several aspects of Palladius' thought that could appeal to an audience broader than that of specialists in late antique Christianity, and concludes by noting that Palladius' death marked the twilight of an era in which there was open admiration for Origen and his remarkable contributions.

Keywords: Origenist; judicial rhetoric; stasis theory; Origen; Evagrius; spiritual progress; human freedom

Chapter.  1535 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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