(Feastday Feb. 11)

 St. Evagrius Ponticus, The Armenian Lives of the Desert Fathers
MS Jerusalem 285, p. 778.  image modif.

ONE of the most influential and controversial monastic theologians of the fourth century, Evagrius of Pontus, has been alternately hailed as a saint and condemned as a heretic throughout the centuries since his death.  The influence of his writings is incalculable: in the West his teachings were principally transmitted by his disciple John Cassian; while in the East his texts have always been widely read, albeit often under the pseudonyms of less-suspicious authors.

THE translations and editions of texts available here are the by-products of research undertaken in Oxford from 1995-2000: these translations are in the Public Domain, and may be freely cited in any medium without further permissions.  It is the translator’s intention to update and add texts to this site, so that “selections ” will eventually become complete texts. Collaborators in this work are welcome, provided it is agreed that all translations will be available in Public Domain. Readers are warned that errors undoubtedly abound both in transcriptions of the Greek and in the accompanying translations: however, errors reported to the e-mail address below will be gratefully received and corrected.

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FINALLY, serious students of Evagrius should take note of both: (1) the careful translations and commentary available in Robert Sinkewicz' Evagrius of Pontus, the Greek Ascetic Corpus, (Oxford, 2003); and (2) the excellent and regularly-updated bibliography of Evagrian scholarship and resources available at the Evagrius Ponticus Website compiled and maintained by Joel  Kalvesmaki:

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