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Bibil Identifier bibil:254026
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Martyrs, Monks, and Heretics in Rocky Cappadocia
Author Arena, Gaetano
Edited book Early Christianity in Asia Minor and Cyprus
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 78-108 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the third and fourth centuries different protagonists of Christianity occupied the ‘lunar’ landscape of rocky Cappadocia: firstly, martyrs, such as Hieron, a vineyard owner and military conscript from Cappadocia Secunda, who sought refuge under Diocletian and Maximian in a cave at Göreme; secondly, anchorite and cenobitic monks in search of solitude and a place to pray and study, as well as the basis for an agrarian life; thirdly, heretical opponents of Constantinopolitan orthodoxy. In the view of Gregory of Nyssa not the loca sancta of Palestine but the strange landscape of rocky Cappadocia offered a surrogate destination, or an accessible alternative for pilgrimage, which matched the isolation of the Egyptian desert and the solitude of the Syriac steppes.
DOI 10.1163/9789004410800_005
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Asia Minor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Martyrdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Monasticism
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