Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Macarian Legacy – The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Macarian Legacy: The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition

Marcus Plested


This book explores the remarkable spiritual and theological legacy of the fourth-century Macarian writings. The anonymous author of the writings (commonly referred to as Macarius-Symeon, Pseudo-Macarius, or simply Macarius) had a decisive influence on the shaping and development of the Christian ascetic and mystical tradition. The book offers the first attempt at a broad-based analysis of the character of that influence, standing not only as an exploration of the writings themselves but also of the nature of the Christian tradition itself. Part I (‘The Background’) offers an introduction to th ... More

Keywords: Abba Isaiah, asceticism, Cappadocian Fathers, Evagrius of Pontus, Macarius, Macarius-Symeon, Messalian, monasticism, mysticism, Pseudo-Macarius, spirituality, St Diadochus of Photice, St Mark the Monk, St Maximus the Confessor, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199267790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcus Plested, author
Principal, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge Theological Federation) and Research Associate in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
Author Webpage