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Z. Smith
Philosopher-monks, episcopal authority, and the care of the self
The Apophthegmata Patrum in fifth-century Palestine

327 p., 22 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57888-0
Languages: English
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Zachary B. Smith reads the Apophthegmata Patrum in the philosophical and political contexts of late antique Palestine. He explores how the compiler asserts monastic autonomy from ecclesiastics by incorporating classical and late antique philosophical categories, and by selectively presenting problematic interactions between monks and ecclesiastics.
Table of Contents

Introduction: The problem of writing
Chapter 1: The text and production of the Apophthegmata Patrum

Section I: Texts and church authority
Chapter 2: Asserted authority in late antique Christian literature
Chapter 3: Authority in the Apophthegmata Patrum

Section II: Self-care and the philosopher-monks
Chapter 4: Self-care in classical and late antiquity
Chapter 5: Self-care in the Apophthegmata Patrum

Conclusion: Contextualizing the AP

Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Classical Philosophy
Early Christian Philosophy (Tertullian to Bede)
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : laity & heterodoxy
Faith and dogmatic issues
Christian Theology & Theologians
Eastern Fathers
Christian Church : Institutional History
Eastern & Orthodox Churches (from c. 312)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Greek literature of the Early Christian church
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Late Antique & Early Middle Ages (c.250-600)

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