Chitty is unbelievably fluent in the primary sources available for this period (4th-7th c.), and his narrative reveals it: His concern for accuracy never overshadows the color, the eccentricity, wit, shrewdness, and above all the holiness of those who made ''the desert a city.'' CONTENTS: The Call: The Three Heads--Athanasius, Antony, Pachomius - The Institution: Antony in Relation to Other Communities - The World Breaks In: Foreign Visitors and Monks in Egypt and Palestine - After Three Generations - New Beginnings: Euthymius Comes to Palestine, A.D. 405 - Battle for the Faith: Chalcedon at its Nadir - The Monasteries Under Justinian: Early Life of Cyril of Scythopolis - The End of the Pax Romana - A High Mountain Apart: Sinai's Monastic History from the Fourth Century. 222 pp. Gently used copy. Little cover wear, contents age-toned but unmarked. Spine is creased.
An Eighth Day View:
A classic study of early Christian monasticsm. Combines detailed scholarship with vivid writing in its description of the golden age of Egyptian monasticism and its founders. It follows the development of monastic life to the end of the fourth century. Includes an account of the monastic history of Mount Sinai.