Description - Wandering, Begging Monks by Daniel Folger Caner
An apostolic lifestyle characterized by total material renunciation, homelessness, and begging was practiced by monks throughout the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries. Such monks often served as spiritual advisors to urban aristocrats whose patronage gave them considerable authority and independence from episcopal control. This study explores this type of Christian poverty and the challenge it posed for episcopal authority and the promotion of monasticism in late antiquity. Focusing on devotional practices, Daniel Caner draws together diverse testimony from Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, and elsewhere - including the Pseudo-Clementine "Letters to Virgins", Augustine's "On the Work of Monks", John Chrysostom's homilies, legal codes - to reveal gospel-inspired patterns of ascetic dependency and teaching from the 3rd to the 5th centuries. Throughout, his point of departure is social and cultural history, especially the urban social history of the late Roman empire.
He also introduces many charismatic individuals whose struggle to persist against church suppression of their chosen way of imitating Christ was fought with defiant conviction, and the book includes the first annotated E
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Daniel Folger Caner
Daniel Caner is Assistant Professor of History and Classics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.