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The compilation and dissemination of “The Life of Antony”


2005 2005

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Despite the massive amounts of scholarship on the topic, the scholarly community is still deeply divided on most questions pertaining to the fourth century hagiography, The Life of Antony. Two of these questions, “Which extant linguistic tradition reflects the oldest reading?” and “Under what circumstances (and by whom) was the document written?” can be better understood by examining the use of ethnic and religious identifiers in The Life. What the equivalent terms “Greek” and “Egyptian” mean in the different linguistic traditions and how they are used in the context of the narrative can be used to determine if the work has been translated to a different cultural setting in a different language. Having determined the oldest extant form of the work (the Greek version), I then offer a synthesis which reconstructs how these oldest readings were aimed at a monastic community in the vicinity of Alexandria by the most renowned bishop of that city, Athanasius, and then translated and disseminated around the empire.

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Subject
Religious history;
Ancient civilizations;
Classical studies
Classification
0320: Religious history
0579: Ancient civilizations
0294: Classical studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Athanasius, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria; Compilation; Life of Antony; Monastic communities; Saint Athanasius,Patriarch of Alexandria
Title
The compilation and dissemination of “The Life of Antony”
Author
Gruen, William C., III
Number of pages
183
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 66/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542005824, 0542005824
Advisor
Kraft, Robert A.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3165686
ProQuest document ID
305405873
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305405873
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