IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 111: Regulating Monastic Life, I: Rules and Monastic Practice in the Early Middle Ages

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Network for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism
Organiser:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Julian Hendrix, Department of Classics & History, Carthage College, Wisconsin
Paper 111-aWhy Did Augustine of Hippo Write His Monastic Rule?
(Language: English)
Matheus Coutinho Figuinha, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 111-bLe rituel de la profession monastique dans le monde byzantine
(Language: Français)
Daniel Oltean, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Monasticism
Paper 111-cLives and Rules of Theodore the Stoudite: Reflections of the Same Image?
(Language: English)
Ekaterini Mitsiou, Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Monasticism

This session discusses the practical impact of monastic rules on the life and discipline of monastic communities. Daniel Oltean analyses the interplay of monastic entry, spirituality and the ritual of tonsure as in monastic normative texts. Mattheus Finguinha describes the specific circumstances in which Augustine’ Rules were written and reads their production as reaction in crisis situations within Augustine’s monastic communities but also as a reaction on the Donatist controversy. Ekaterini Mitsiou compares the representation of monastic ideals in hagiographic and normative texts on the basis of the Lives and Rules of the Byzantine monk Theodore the Stoudite (d. 826).