9780520219595

Pachomius: The Making of a Community in Fourth-Century Egypt

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520219595

  • ISBN10:

    0520219597

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Pachomius, who died in 346, has long been regarded as the "founder of monasticism." Available again, Philip Rousseau's careful reading of the available texts reveals that Pachomius's pioneering enterprise has been consistently misread in light of later monastic practices. Rousseau not only provides a fuller and more accurate portrait of this great teacher and spiritual director but also gives a new perspective on the development of monasticism. In a new preface Rousseau reviews the scholarly developments that have modified his views and emphases since the book was published. The result is to make Pachomius an even less assured pioneer, a man likely to have been more involved in the village and urban society of his time than previously thought.

Author Biography

Philip Rousseau is Associate Professor of History at the University of Auckland.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figure
Abbreviations
Preface
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Additional Bibliography
Egyptp. 1
The Sourcesp. 37
Forming the Communityp. 57
The Day's Routinep. 77
Living under Rulep. 87
Leadership and Responsibilityp. 105
The Ascetic Goalp. 119
Monastery and Worldp. 149
Continuityp. 174
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 213
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