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Evagrius Ponticus

1st Edition

By Augustine Casiday


264 pages

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Presenting many texts available for the very first time, this new volume in the successful Early Church Fathers series showcases full translations of Evagrius' letters, notes on various books of the bible, his treatises and his 'chapters'.

Augustine Casiday's material is both accurate and refreshingly approachable, and the work is prefaced by a solid introductory essay that presents Evagrius, his work and influences, and modern scholarship in an easy-to-understand way for beginners.

For students dealing with Evagrius for the first time, they could not find a better book to begin their exploration of this figure in late-ancient history and theology.


'…Casiday's Evagrius remains an excellent introduction to an elusive yet important father of the desert.'- Bryn Mawr Reviews

'A worthy addition to the Early Church Fathers series, Casiday's Evagrius Ponticus constitues an eloquent attempt to enroll a much maligned figure in the gallery of fourth century theologians who had a major hand in shaping crucial dogmas.' -Bryn Mawr Reviews

Table of Contents

Epigraph Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Why Evagrius Matters 2. Evagrius’ Life and After-life 3. Evagrius’ Writings and his Thinking 4. Evagrius the Guide Appendix: Select Glossary of Terms Texts Introduction to Letters On the Faith Letters 7, 8, 19, 20 The Great Letter Introduction to Treatises The Causes for Monastic Observances, and How the Compare to Stillness On Thoughts A Word About Prayer Introduction to Notes on Scripture Notes on Job Notes on Ecclesiastes On the Lord’s Prayer Notes on Luke Introduction to Chapters To the Virgin Excerpts Aphorisms Definitions On Prayer Select Bibliography

About the Author

Augustine Casiday is Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of Theology, Durham. His research primarily concerns Christian monasticism during the first millennium. He has published several articles on Evagrius and other early monastic authors.

About the Series

The Early Church Fathers

The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.

This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology