Holy men of Mount Athos / edited and translated by Richard P.H. Greenfield, Alice-Mary Talbot.

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
xxvii, 745 pages ; 21 cm.


Summary note
"This volume presents selected Lives of holy men who lived on Mount Athos, the most famous Byzantine center of monasticism; it was often termed simply Hagion Oros, or the Holy Mountain. These vitae provide insights both into the history of monastic development on Athos between the ninth and fifteenth centuries, and the varieties of monastic life practiced communally in large monasteries as well as individually in huts and caves. We have chosen six vitae of five different saints, who were celebrated for their ascetic practices, gift of foresight and clairvoyance, and, in most cases, the ability to perform miracles. Euthymios and Athanasios were also famed as founders of monasteries. We offer two versions of the Life of Maximos the Hutburner, to demonstrate how hagiographic accounts of the same saint could vary, even when composed very close in time. It should be noted that, with the exception of Athanasios of Athos, the cult of these saints was essentially limited to the Holy Mountain, as can be seen by the manuscript tradition; all the surviving manuscripts of these Lives were copied on Athos."--Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 731-732) and index.
Language note
English translations on rectos with Greek originals on versos.
Life of Euthymios the Younger / edited by Alexander Alexakis, translated by Alice-Mary Talbot -- Life of Athanasios of Athos, version B / translated by Alice-Mary Talbot -- Life of Maximos the Hutburner by Niphon / translated by Richard P.H. Greenfield -- Life of Maximos the Hutburner by Theophanes / translated by Richard P.H. Greenfield and Alice-Mary Talbot -- Life of Niphon of Athos / translated by Richard P.H. Greenfield -- Life of Philotheos of Athos / translated by Stamatina McGrath.
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