The Greek Historia monachorum in Aegypto and Athanasius’ Life of Antony

In: Vigiliae Christianae


This article examines possible literary sources underlying the Greek Historia monachorum in Aegypto, which was composed anonymously in the last decade of the fourth century, and argues that the Life of Antony, which Athanasius had released some forty years earlier, exercised a demonstrable influence over it.

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    See e.g. P. Allen“Some Aspects of Hellenism in the Early Greek Church Historians,” Traditio 43 (1987): 368-81.

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    E.g. Origenc. Cels. 1.67 6.42; Eusebius praep. evang. 8.9.24.

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    See e.g. Rufinusapol. c. Hier. 2.8. His rebukes of Jerome notwithstanding Rufinus was a classically trained and accomplished vir litteratus in his own right. For his literary activities see G. Fedalto “Rufino di Concordia: Elementi di una biografia” in Storia ed esegesi in Rufino di Concordia (Udine 1992) 19-44; F.X. Murphy Rufinus of Aquileia: His Life and Works (Washington DC 1945).

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    FestugièreHistoria monachorum6.

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    BartelinkVie d’Antoine126.

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    See Palladiushist. Laus. 8.6.

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    Cf. Palladiushist. Laus. 8.6: “[So perfect was he] that the blessed Antony saw his soul borne aloft by angels” (ὡς τὸν µακάριον Ἀντώνιον τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἰδεῖν ὑπὸ ἀγγέλων ἀναγοµένην).

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    FestugièreHistoria monachorum130.

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    BartelinkVie d’Antoine296-8.

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    See Sozomenhist. eccl. 1.14.

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