Session225
TitleCrossing Boundaries in Late Antique Monasticism
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorNetwork for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism
 
OrganiserAlbrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
 
Moderator/ChairAlbrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
 
Paper 225-a Byzantine Monasticism: The Road to Salvation by Way of Wanderings and Enclosures
(Language: English)
Christodoulos Papavarnavas, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Byzantine Studies; Hagiography; Monasticism
Paper 225-b Rites of Passage and Conceptual Monastic Enclosures in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Michael Wuk, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index Terms: Anthropology; Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 225-c Communal Boundaries: Caesarius of Arles, Predestination, and Excluding Sin and Religious Outsiders from Christian Space
(Language: English)
Michael A. Lovell, Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index Terms: Lay Piety; Monasticism; Sermons and Preaching; Theology
 
AbstractThe papers in this session aim at establishing connections between different manifestations of social and physical boundaries in late antique monasticism. Christodoulos Papavarnavas focusses on the nexus of spatial boundaries, isolation and sanctity in Byzantine monasticism on the basis of hagiographic texts. Michael Lovell describes the relationship between social boundaries and the predestination debate in the world of Caesarius or Arles, based on his sermons to monks and lay people. Michel Wuk analyses rituals of monastic conversion and renunciation of the world and their roots in rituals of entry into armed forces, philosophical schools, and secretive societies.