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Title: In Quest of Basil's Retreat: An Expedition to Ancient Pontus
Contributor(s): Silvas, Anna Margaret (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Basil of Caesarea (AD 329-378), his brother, Gregory of Nyssa (335-394), and their friend, Gregory Nazianzen (328-389), are a group of three great Christian thinkers of the late 4th century AD known as the 'Cappadocian Fathers'. All were steeped in the culture of traditional Hellenism, and at the same time were great theologians and leaders who steered the Christian church of the eastern Roman empire in the turbulent years of the late 4th century. Theologically they are best known for bringing to a close the Arian controversy that had wracked the Christian church for most of the 4th century. Basil, called 'the Great' in the Christian tradition for his leading role in steering the Arian controversy to a conclusion, is also known for his reforms of the unruly ascetic movement in Asia Minor, documented in such works as his Asketikon. As a result of his labours he effectively established Greek cenobitic (common-life) monasticism. But his influence as a preceptor of Christian monasticism was destined to spread far, both east in Syria and in the Latin West. A Latin translation was an important source of the Rule of St Benedict, which set the tone of western monasticism for many centuries to come.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Antichthon, v.41, p. 73-95
Publisher: Australasian Society for Classical Studies
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0066-4774
Field of Research (FOR): 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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