Chapter 39. ‘Not of This World’: The Invention of Monasticism

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Daniel F. Caner Associate Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch39

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Caner, D. F. (2009) ‘Not of This World’: The Invention of Monasticism, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch39

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101

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Keywords:

  • Christian monasticism - a late antique invention;
  • invention of monasticism;
  • monastic thinkers - how to maintain a healthy “fear of God”;
  • consensus emerging in normative monastic discourse of fourth and early fifth centuries;
  • monastic thought - humility as the only ascetic attainment;
  • Basil - first to prefer communal monasticism to complete isolation;
  • “Not of This World” - the invention of monasticism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliographical Note