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Angels in Late Ancient Christianity$
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Ellen Muehlberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.001.0001

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Angels as Equipment for Living: The Companion Angel Tradition in Evagrian Christianity

Angels as Equipment for Living: The Companion Angel Tradition in Evagrian Christianity

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(p.89) 3 Angels as Equipment for Living: The Companion Angel Tradition in Evagrian Christianity
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Angels in Late Ancient Christianity
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Ellen Muehlberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.003.0004

This chapter explores the context of the academic and ascetic circles associated with Antony, Ammonas, and Macarius of Egypt, which Evagrius joined when he moved to Egypt near the end of the fourth century. Those circles adopted the philosophical expectation of a divine guide and from it developed a tradition about a companion angel: acquired as the result of success in and dedication to ascetic practice, this angel protected the ascetic and furthered his goals. Its company could be lost if an ascetic were to waver in his dedication, and it could be regained with a rededication to ascetic practice. This chapter provides the background to the explanation of Evagrius's ideas about angels from Chapter 1.

Keywords:   Evagrius of Pontus, Antony, Ammonas, Macarius of Egypt, Academic Christianity, Asceticism, Apophthegmata Patrum

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