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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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John of Lykopolis

John of Lykopolis

(p.123) 12 John of Lykopolis
Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Mark Sheridan

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on St. John of Lykopolis, the most famous among Egyptian monks, second only to St. Antony the Great. It surveys all the known sources about him, literary and documentary. It then describes the roles that these sources portray, from miracle worker to spiritual leader. The longest, most detailed account of John of Lykopolis is to be found in the Historia Monachorum (HM) where it occupies the first place and constitutes about one-fifth of the entire work. The HM is the account of a journey to Egypt undertaken by a group of seven monks from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Other accounts of John can be found in Palladius' Historia Lausiaca, and in the works of Sulpicius Severus, Augustine of Hippo, Jerome, John Cassian, and the Apophthegmata.

Keywords:   St. John of Lykopolis, saints, Historia Monachorum, Historia Lausiaca, Sulpicius Severus, Augustine of Hippo, Jerome, John Cassian, Apophthegmata

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