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Byzantské mníšstvo v stredoveku
The Byzantine medieval monkhood

Subject(s): History
Published by: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Mateja Bela
Keywords: medieval monkhood; Byzantium; Byzantine monasticism

Summary/Abstract: The chapter attends to Byzantine medieval monkhood and its ascetic praxis, pri-marly in the framework of development and historical context including a little conside¬ration of specificly theological questions of ascetic praxis and the monasticism. In basic points it presents the survey of monastic praxis in Byzantium c. of 1000 years of its history. This entry is focused to the most important moments of the history of monk¬hood, concretely on those, who express vigorously the difference between Byzantine monasticism and monastic praxis and life in the medieval European continental culture. Beside the workaday and juridic questions this chapter's marginally noticing the theo¬logical essence of the phenomenon in its development, i.e. theological conception of ascetism in Byzantium from the time period of St. Basil the Great through the mysticism represented by Ven. Simeon the New Theologist to the theological syntheses of as¬cetism by St. Gregor of Palama, i.e. the Palamism and Hesychasm of the 14th century. In this direction the entry has primarly synthesizing character and it doesn't writes out the sketched subject matter. Also is important to note, that the whole context of histo¬rical – theological development, in a framework of secular historiography, doctrinal history and monasticism in its variety (how the monkhood is certainly presented in Byzantium) with the overlap to Slavic cultural environment via Byzantine mission, isn't comprehensively elaborated in our environment yet.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 123-145
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Slovak