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Shifting foundations: understanding the relationship between John Cassian and Evagrius Ponticus

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John Cassian is an Eastern-educated monk writing in the early fifth century for the monks of Gaul and is crucial to the development of Western monasticism through the transmission of Greek ascetic ideas to the Latin West. He is heavily influenced by the teachings of Evagrius Ponticus, a prolific late fourth-century Egyptian monk crucial to the development of Christian mysticism; however, there has been no clear line drawn between the influence of Evagrius and Cassian's own originality. Whi...

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St. Cross College, Oxford University

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Department:
Trinity College, Oxford University
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Type of award:
DPhil
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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