Title of Chapter or Poem
"Early Monasticism and the Rhetorical Tradition: Sayings and Stories as Schooltexts"
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.
Religion and Education in Late Antiquity
Peter Gemeinhart, Liv van Hoef, Peter van Nuffelen
Place of Publication
Ancient Education, Monasticism, Apophthegmata Patrum, Schooltexts
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Education | History of Christianity | Intellectual History