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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto

Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto by Andrew Cain
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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto was one of the most widely read and disseminated Greek hagiographic texts during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. To this day it remains, alongside Athanasius' Life of Antony, one of the core primary sources for fourth-century Egyptian monasticism as well as one of the most fascinating, yet perplexing, pieces of monastic hagiography to survive from the entire patristic period. However, until now it has notreceived the intensive and sustained scholarly analysis that a monograph affords. In this study, Andrew Cain incorporates insights from source criticism, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, literary criticism, and historical, geographical, and theological studies in an attempt to break new ground and revise currentscholarly orthodoxy about a broad range of interpretive issues and problems.
OUP Oxford; May 2016
368 pages; ISBN 9780191075810
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Title: The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto
Author: Andrew Cain