Title of Chapter or Poem

"Early Monasticism and the Rhetorical Tradition: Sayings and Stories as Schooltexts"

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Department/School

Religious Studies

Abstract/Excerpt

This essay situates proto-monastic sayings and stories within a broader rhetorical frame. Given the integral role accorded gnomic sentences and maxims in ancient education, it argues the particular merits of reading collections of monastic apophthegmata in light of ancient pedagogical models. By using extant textual and material evidence to elucidate parameters of practice that characterize school texts from the Hellenistic period through late-antiquity and beyond, both common and distinctive aspects of emergent monastic application are identified and discussed.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Religion and Education in Late Antiquity

Editors

Peter Gemeinhart, Liv van Hoef, Peter van Nuffelen

Publisher

Ashgate

Place of Publication

Farnham, UK

Publication Date

2016

Pages

13-33

ISBN

9781472434760

Keywords

Ancient Education, Monasticism, Apophthegmata Patrum, Schooltexts

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Education | History of Christianity | Intellectual History

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