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Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Columba Stewart, OSB
This paper provides evidence and understanding of how Syncletica, a fourth and fifth century Alexandrian ascetical woman, developed her ascetical life; first within the movement of consecrated virgins which was evident in the Christian world of her time, and later in life as an anchorite, where she became renowned within the category of a desert mother. This paper stresses the value of using modern historical method to discuss Syncletica, as well the need to understand her within the spiritual uniqueness of the eastern Christian desert tradition, of which is claimed as representative.
Dreyer, Susan OSB, "Syncletica: Urban Ascetic and Desert Mother" (2006). Graduate Papers/Theses. 14.
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