St Simeon Stylites

(c. 390—459)

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the first of the Stylites or pillar ascetics. After some time as a monk, he spent several years as a hermit in N. Syria and then mounted a pillar, at first low but gradually increased to a height of 40 cubits (c.20 metres); he lived on the top of it until his death. This novel form of austerity attracted pilgrims and was widely imitated. Feast day in the E. Orthodox Church, 1 Sept.; among the Syrian Orthodox, 27 July; in the W., 5 Jan.

Subjects: Christianity.

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