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 contribution||Underpinning the Text: Self-Justification in John Cassian's Ascetic Prefaces|
|Pages (from-to)||411 - 436|
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Journal of Early Christian Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2005|