Cover

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Title Page, Dedication, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The editors of this volume wish to thank the institutions and scholars who kindly made possible the meetings in which these essays were first discussed—the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and the University of Notre Dame. At Dumbarton Oaks, Director Jan...

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Introduction: The Ornament and Intellect of the Desert

Robin Darling Young & Joel Kalvesmaki

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pp. 1-13

In the early thirteenth century, the learned monk Kirakos of Erzinjan in Armenia completed a large commentary on the Kephalaia gnostika of the fourth-century teacher Evagrius of Pontus. Kirakos was a vardapet, or religious teacher, and he knew Evagrius’s works in those Armenian...

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1. Evagrius and Cappadocian Orthodoxy

Brian E. Daley, SJ

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pp. 14-48

Most of what we discover about Evagrius seems to challenge earlier assumptions—even our assumptions about his relationships to the people who most deeply influenced his theological thought: Origen and the Cappadocian Fathers. Evagrius is usually identified as the classic...

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2. Thoughts that Cut: Cutting, Imprinting, and Lingering in Evagrius of Pontus

Kevin Corrigan

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pp. 49-72

One strange feature of Evagrius’s theory of eight logismoi has, to the best of my knowledge, received hardly any attention. This is the idea expressed in Thoughts 7 (1, 7, 10, 19, 20; cf. 31.2), and repeated verbatim in Letter 18 (Frankenberg 578.12– 22), that thoughts can “cut” or “be...

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3. Evagrius Ponticus, Exegete of the Soul

Luke Dysinger, OSB

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pp. 73-95

A striking characteristic of Byzantine liturgical commentaries is their application to religious ritual of categories and hermeneutical methods that in earlier centuries had been employed chiefly in the exegesis of sacred scripture. By means of these methods, the liturgy becomes both a...

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4. Evagrius and Authority

Blossom Stefaniw

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pp. 96-127

Evagrius’s legacy is not what he himself would have expected. In his thirties, Evagrius was rising up the ranks of those jockeying to define and enforce correct doctrine, as Christians became more and more able to mobilize imperial authority. From the time of his death about twenty...

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5. Evagrius Ponticus and Maximus the Confessor: The Building of the Self in Praxis and Contemplation

Julia Konstantinovsky

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pp. 128-153

Scholarly interest in Evagrius has steadily increased over recent years as the realization grows of the potency and intricacy of the Evagriana: psychological, theological, and philosophical. This chapter aims to contribute to the increasing fascination with Evagrius and his tradition by...

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6. The Role of Letters in the Works of Evagrius

Robin Darling Young

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pp. 154-174

I have seen the letter of Your Holiness, in which you amply demonstrated your love for us, and commanded us to send you something from our labors. I had not wanted to send anything of my own accord, because of my embarrassment in the face of your temperance...

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7. Philoxenos of Mabbug and the Simplicity of Evagrian Gnosis: Competing Uses of Evagrius in the Early Sixth Century

David A. Michelson

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pp. 175-205

The identification and condemnation of Evagrius as an Origenist at the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553 has long exercised a powerful influ ence over the interpretation of his works. In antiquity, this condemnation resulted in the suppression of the “speculative” portions of the Evagrian...

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8. Evagrius beyond Byzantium

Columba Stewart, OSB

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pp. 206-235

My subject is the reception of Evagrius’s writings and thought in the Latin and Syriac traditions. This survey will reveal a range of receptions, from the eventual Latin near-effacement of Evagrius, to the wellknown mixed reception in Greek, and finally into the warm and enduring..

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9. Evagrius: East of the Euphrates

Anthony J. Watson

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pp. 236-256

Although his influence in the Mediterranean and Syriac worlds is broadly familiar to scholars, the contributions of Evagrius of Pontus specifically to the development of thought on virtue and the ascetic life among Christians east of the Euphrates River remains largely unexplored...

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10. Evagrius in the Byzantine Genre of Chapters

Joel Kalvesmaki

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pp. 257-287

Byzantine authors explicitly express, in general, two attitudes toward Evagrius and his work. On the one hand, he is frequently castigated as one of the three chief Origenist heretics. The names Origen, Didymus, and Evagrius co-occur as a catch-all label for speculative heresy, usually...

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11. Origenism and Anti-Origenism in the Late Sixth and Seventh Centuries

Dirk Krausmüller

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pp. 288-316

When Evagrius Ponticus died in the year 399 he left behind a corpus of texts that continued to find avid readers in monastic circles. There can be no doubt that many of these readers were attracted to Evagrian spirituality because it grounded their personal endeavors in an overarching...

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12. The Evagrian Heritage in Late Byzantine Monasticism

Gregory Collins, OSB

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pp. 317-331

Nearly a full millennium separates the work of Gregory Palamas (1296– 1359) from Evagrius’s in the late fourth century. Yet the later monastic teacher and bishop could still use the thought of his predecessor for purposes quite different from its original context and aims. Like...

Bibliography

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pp. 332-376

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Contributors

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pp. 377-379

Gregory Collins, OSB, is the abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jeru - salem. A scholar in Byzantine studies, Collins previously taught at the Benedictine university of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Among his publications are The Glenstal Book of Icons (2002) and Meeting Christ in His...

Index

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pp. 380-404