Underpinning the Text: Self-Justification in John Cassian's Ascetic Prefaces

RJ Goodrich

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Abstract

John Cassian has long been recognized as a master of ascetic theory. It is only in recent years, however, that his abilities as a Latin stylist have begun to be acknowledged. This paper examines how Cassian used the prefaces of his ascetic treatises to win a hearing for his version of the monastic life. His works were intended to influence a highly literate, aristocratic audience, and the strategies he employed to gain admission into this circle of readers offer a valuable insight into the methods of a late antique writer.
Translated title of the contributionUnderpinning the Text: Self-Justification in John Cassian's Ascetic Prefaces
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411 - 436
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Early Christian Studies
Volume13 (4)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

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Publisher: John Hopkins University Press

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