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Contextualizing Cassian: Aristocrats, Asceticism, and Reformation in Fifth-Century Gaul

Richard J. Goodrich


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.

Keywords: John Cassian, Western monasticism, The Institutes, Roman elite, aristocrats, asceticism, 5th-century Gaul

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Goodrich, author
Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol