Remembering Poemen Remembering: The Desert Fathers and the Spirituality of Memory

@article{Harmless2000RememberingPR,
  title={Remembering Poemen Remembering: The Desert Fathers and the Spirituality of Memory},
  author={William S.J. Harmless},
  journal={Church History},
  year={2000},
  volume={69},
  pages={483 - 518}
}
  • W. Harmless
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • History
  • Church History
In 407, a tribe of barbarian raiders known as Mazices came sweeping off the Libyan desert and devastated one of the first great centers of Christian monasticism, the settlement of Scetis. Scetis was located in a remote desert valley west of the Nile and had been founded around 330 by one of the pioneers of the monastic movement, Macarius the Egyptian (d. 390). Before the attack, it had enjoyed an international reputation for its ascetic rigor and incisive wisdom. Word of the devastation spread… 

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