This book examines the attempt by the 5th-century ascetic writer John Cassian to influence and shape the development of Western monasticism. The book's close analysis of Cassian's earliest work (The Institutes) focuses on his interaction with the values and preconceptions of a traditional Roman elite, as well as his engagement with contemporary writers. By placing The Institutes in context, the book demonstrates just how revolutionary this foundational work was for its time and milieu.
|Print publication date: 2007||Print ISBN-13: 9780199213139|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213139.001.0001|