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Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage

Samuel Rubenson

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195336931.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage

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This article examines the rise of monasticism in Late Antiquity. It reveals the close link between traditional Greek society and culture and the rise of monasticism, based on historical evidence and the literary character of the early monastic texts. While not denying the innovative character of much of early monastic life, the rich variety of forms of monasticism, and the strong anti-Hellenic polemic of monastic texts in general, the discussion situates the innovations, variations, and polemic in much closer relation to the society in which it all happened.

Keywords: monastic texts; Greek society; Greek culture

Article.  11543 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Philosophy ; Religion in the Ancient World

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