John Crystotom, was a famous ascetic and preacher of the fourth/fifth century. This is the first comprehensive study of him in the English language in over a century. In the early chapters John Kelly highlights Chrystotom's youthful experiments with asceticism at Antioch in Syria, his six years as a monk and then a recluse in the nearby mountains. The central section of the book shows him as a fearlessly outspoken populist bishop of the capital. The final chapters reconstruct the plots that led to Chrystotom's downfall, the drama of his trial, and his exile and death.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 320 Vendor: Cornell University Press Publication Date: 1995
"No other author has delved so deeply into the life and work of this complex, influential, and tragic figure of the fourth century and produced such a far-ranging but precise, solidly researched, and eminently readable account. . . . Chrysostom emerges as a sympathetic and tragic figure of great integrity, whose human failings contributed and perhaps led to his downfall. . . . Kelly has used a careful analysis of many of John's writings and sermons to present new insights and to confirm details of Chrysostom's life previously considered doubtful; his comments and summaries stimulate one to turn to the originals. Those who are interested in Chrysostom or in this historical period must read this book."-Catholic Historical Review "A rewarding . . . read as well as a rich mine of historical information. . . . The book] is peppered with new, revisionist insights about . . . Chrysostom's life."-Bryn Mawr Classical Review"A monumental achievement, which examines with fairness and thoroughness both the primary sources and continuing scholarship on John and his often-stormy episcopacy in Constantinople."-Christian Century
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