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Palladius of HelenopolisThe Origenist Advocate$
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Demetrios S. Katos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696963.001.0001

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The Origenist monk and bishop

The Origenist monk and bishop

(p.9) 1 The Origenist monk and bishop
Palladius of Helenopolis

Demetrios S. Katos

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys Palladius' life from the beginning of his ascetic career to his composition of the Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom. It narrates his career among a social network of Origenists, such as Melania the Elder, Rufinus of Aquilea, Isidore the Presbyter, the Tall Brothers, and especially Evagrius of Pontus. It follows his peregrinations through Palestine, Alexandria, Nitria, and Cells, observes his work as a bishop in Asia Minor and as a defender of John Chrysostom that was banished to a frontier garrison. The chapter concludes with an examination of the date, provenance, and audience of the Dialogue. Palladius' emerges from this chapter not merely as a peripatetic monk, his own preferred self‐portrait, but as an ecclesiastical statesman who passionately supported the causes of his network in the most pressing controversies of his day.

Keywords:   Origenists, Melania the Elder, Evagrius of Pontus, Nitria, cells, Asia Minor, John Chrysostom, Johnite controversy, Dialogue of St. John Chrysostom

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