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The Life of Antony: Text and Context

William, S.J. Harmless

in Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195162233
eISBN:
9780199835645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195162234.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Athanasius’ Life of Antony (Vita Antonii) became a classic almost overnight and helped create a new genre of Christian literature: the life of a saint. Closer in spirit to Beowulf or Raiders of the ... More


Crossing Over: The Companion Angel Tradition in Exemplary Lives

Ellen Muehlberger

in Angels in Late Ancient Christianity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199931934
eISBN:
9780199332991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter demonstrates that the tradition of the companion angel developed in Evagrian ascetic circles informed the texts of two extremely popular works from late antiquity: Athanasius of ... More


Philosophy and Simplicity: The Problem of Classical Education in Early Christian Biography

Samuel Rubenson

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223882
eISBN:
9780520925052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the issue of education in early Christian biography. It analyzes eight biographies of several saints including Life of St. Antony, Life of St. Paul the Hermit, and De vita ... More


Antony as Teacher in the Greek Life

Philip Rousseau

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223882
eISBN:
9780520925052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the portrayal of Antony in the Greek biography Life of Antony. It aims to show that at least part of this biography presented Antony as an active master of disciples and as one ... More


Form and Meaning: The Vita Constantini and the Vita Antonii

Averil Cameron

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223882
eISBN:
9780520925052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes meaning and form in Eusebius of Caesarea's biographical works Life of Constantine and Life of Antony. It explains that these works were written not more than twenty years apart ... More


The Life of Antony: Embracing Death on the Ascent to God

Jonathan L. Zecher

in The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198724940
eISBN:
9780191792458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724940.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter examines Athanasius of Alexandria’s Life of Antony, a text of enormous importance for later monastic literature. The chapter argues that a meditation on death as both judgment and ... More


New Forms of Christian Holiness

Mark Edwards

in Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199687725
eISBN:
9780191815034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 5 is concerned chiefly with the distinctively Christian models of holiness offered by the founders of monasticism. It prefaces the examination of the lives of Antony and Pachomius with a ... More


Literary Influences and Intertexts

Andrew Cain

in The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198758259
eISBN:
9780191818042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758259.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter identifies the literary antecedents and intertexts of the Greek Historia monachorum. No phraseological echoes of either classical Greek literature or pre-fourth-century Christian ... More


Laughter and the Moral Guide: Dio Chrysostom and Plutarch

Michael Trapp

in Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190460549
eISBN:
9780190460563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190460549.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In the perspective of the moralist, laughter is both an important diagnostic tool (it matters with whom and at whom one laughs), and a potentially dangerous propensity requiring careful monitoring ... More


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