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Ascetics, Authority, and the Church in the Age of Jerome and Cassian
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In his Ascetics, Authority, and the Church in the Age of Jerome and Cassian, published in 1978, Philip Rousseau presented a survey of asceticism in the western church until about 400, including a selective study of Jerome, and then, moving into the fifth century, a reading of Sulpicius and Cassian. Rousseau explored such societal changes as the eventual triumph of the cenobitic movement and its growing effect within the church, not least on the episcopate. He focused primarily on the development among ascetics of a certain concept of spiritual authority; on the attraction of that concept for a wider audience; and on its enduring formulation within a literary tradition of great influence. For this second edition, Rousseau has supplied a new introduction with extensive bibliographical references in which he charts the ways in which scholarship on early Christian asceticism has developed since his compelling and influential original argument.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page / Copyright / Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION
  2. pp. ix-xxxvi
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  1. ABBREVIATIONS
  2. pp. xxxvii-xxxviii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART ONE: THE DESERT
  2. p. 7
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  1. I. DISCOVERING THE DESERT FATHERS
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. II. MASTERS AND DISCIPLES
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. III. THE GROWTH OF ASCETIC SOCIETY
  2. pp. 33-55
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  1. IV. ASCETICS IN THE CHURCH
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. V. THE WRITTEN WORD
  2. pp. 68-76
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  1. PART TWO: WESTERN BEGINNINGS
  2. p. 77
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  1. I. EXILES AND PILGRIMS
  2. pp. 79-91
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  1. II. ASCETIC LITERATURE
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. PART THREE: JEROME
  2. p. 97
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  1. I. ANTIOCH, CONSTANTINOPLE, AND ROME
  2. pp. 99-113
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  1. II. LETTERS FROM BETHLEHEM
  2. pp. 114-124
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  1. III. JEROME ON THE PRIESTHOOD AND EPISCOPATE
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. IV. JEROME'S LIVES
  2. pp. 133-139
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  1. PART FOUR: MARTIN OF TOURS
  2. p. 141
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  1. I. A BISHOP AND HIS BIOGRAPHER
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. II. AN APOSTLE IN GAUL
  2. pp. 152-160
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  1. III. MARTIN'S AUDIENCE
  2. pp. 161-165
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  1. PART FIVE: CASSIAN
  2. p. 167
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  1. I. AN EXILE IN REVERSE
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. II. HERMITS OR COENOBITES?
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. III. ADAPTING EGYPT TO THE WEST
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. IV. AUTHORITY
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. V. MONKS AND THE WORLD
  2. pp. 199-220
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  1. VI. CASSIAN THE WRITER
  2. pp. 221-234
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  1. EPILOGUE: THE NEXT GENERATION
  2. pp. 235-239
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  1. APPENDICES
  2. p. 241
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  1. APPENDIX I: GREEK, COPTIC, AND LATIN LIVES OF PACHOMIUS
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. APPENDIX II: GREEK AND LATIN VERSIONS OF THE HISTORIA MONACHORUM AND THE LIFE OF ANTONY
  2. pp. 248-250
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  1. APPENDIX III: THE MONASTIC TEACHING OF EVAGRIUS OF PONTUS
  2. pp. 251-253
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  1. APPENDIX IV: CASSIAN'S DEPENDENCE ON ORAL TRADITION: SOME EXAMPLES
  2. pp. 254-255
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 257-271
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 273-278
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