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Apostolic Wanderers of Third-Century Syria

Daniel Caner

in Wandering, Begging Monks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233249.003.0003
Apostolic Wanderers of Third-Century Syria

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The church historian Sozomen believed that those who had emulated the monks of Egypt in the practice of philosophy by scraping a raw existence off the mountains, near the Persian frontier, were the first monks of Syria. They had no homes, did not eat bread and meat, and drank no wine. These monks constantly dwelt in the mountains and keep praising God with prayers and hymn according to the law of Church, and at mealtime, they would just take a sickle and wander in the mountains. They also avoided artificial shelter and clothing. Syrian monks furthermore rejected the ordinary labors by which the majority of human beings obtained their food. This strict philosophy they followed had been introduced to Syria by a monk named Aones.

Keywords: Aones; Sozomen; apostolic wanderers; philosophy; monk; Syria

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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