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Early Christian Lives

Athanasius - Author

Jerome - Author

Sulpicius Severus - Author

Gregory the Great - Author

Carolinne White - Translator

Carolinne White - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140435269 | 288 pages | 01 Jul 1998 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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These pioneering Lives are central sources for the major Christian monastic figures from St Antony, who died in 356, to St Benedict (c. 480-547). They also shed light on the beliefs and values of their celebrated authors. Athanasius' Life of Antony reveals the man who many believe was the first to set out into the Egyptian desert to pursue the path of poverty, abstinence and solitary prayer. St Jerome fought for the cause of chastity and asceticism in writing about Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus, while in his Life of Martin Sulpicius Severus described the achievements of a man who combined the roles of monk, bishop and missionary. Almost two hundred years later, Pope Gregory the Great in his Dialogues focused above all on St Benedict, whose Rule became the template for every subsequent form of monasticism. Full of vivid incidents and astonishing miracles, all these works proved hugely popular and influential and also inspired much of the visual imagery of the Middle Ages.
Chronology
Map of the World of Antony, Paul, Hilarion, Malchus, Martin and Benedict
General Introduction:
The Early Development of Monasticism
The Writing of Biography: Pagan Past and Christian Future
Principal Primary Sources relating to Early Monasticism
The Saints in Iconography
Translation Past and Present

Further Reading

Early Christian Lives
Life of Antony by Athanasius
Life of Paul of Thebes by Jerome
Life of Hilarion by Jerome
Life of Malchus by Jerome
Life of Martin of Tours by Sulpicius Severus
Life of Benedict by Gregory the Great
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