The Apophthegmata Patrum lit. The collections consist of wisdom stories describing the spiritual practices and experiences of early Christian hermits living in the desert of Egypt. They are typically in the form of a conversation between a younger monk and his spiritual father, or as advice given to visitors. Beginning as an oral tradition in the Coptic language , they were only later written down as Greek text.
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One of the most influential works of Christian monasticism, the Apophthegmata Patrum is an anthology of terse anecdotes about and memorable sayings from mostly 4th- and 5th-century Egyptian monks Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
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Search within work. Apophthegmata Patrum Sayings of the Fathers late 5th cent. William Harmless One of the most influential works of Christian monasticism, the Apophthegmata Patrum is an anthology of terse anecdotes about and memorable sayings from mostly 4th- and 5th-century Egyptian monks All rights reserved. Sign in to annotate. Delete Cancel Save. Cancel Save.
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Apophthegmata Patrum apo, from; phtheggomai , to cry out; pater, father , sayings of the Fathers of the Desert. Various collections exist of aphorisms and anecdotes illustrative of the spiritual life, of ascetic and monastic principle, and of Christian ethics, attributed to the more prominent hermits and monks who peopled the Egyptian deserts in the fourth century. In all these collections the great mass of material is the same, although differently disposed, and it is now agreed that our actual apophthegma literature is Greek, though no doubt much of it is ultimately of Coptic origin. In the course of the fourth century this or that saying of the more famous ascetics was repeated by their disciples, and thus circulated.