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The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

Andrew Cain


In September 394, seven monks set out from their monastery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and began making their way to Egypt, where they would spend the next several months visiting an array of monastic celebrities, from the Thebaid in the south to the delta town of Diolcos in the north. Not long after their return, one of them anonymously composed in Greek a lively hagiographic account of their experiences and entitled it “Inquiry about the Monks of Egypt,” though it typically is referred to by modern scholars as Historia monachorum in Aegypto, the title of Rufinus of Aquileia’s Latin t ... More

Keywords: Greek, patristics, monasticism, Historia monachorum, Egyptian monasticism, hagiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Cain, author
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Colorado at Boulder