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Headword: *pi/wr
Adler number: pi,1633
Translated headword: Pior
Vetting Status: high
This man, being a monk, used to eat while walking around. When someone asked, "Why do you eat this way?" he said, "I do not wish to treat food as a serious work, but as an incidental matter."[1] But to another inquirer he answered, "So that my soul may not receive bodily pleasure in eating."
Greek Original:
*pi/wr: ou(=tos monaxo\s w)\n peripatw=n h)/sqie. puqome/nou de/ tinos, diati/ ou(/tws e)sqi/eis; ou) bou/lomai, e)/fh, tw=| brw/mati w(s e)/rgw| xrh/sasqai, a)ll' w(s pare/rgw|. pro\s a)/llon de\ e)rwth/santa a)pekri/nato: i(/na mh\ e)n tw=| e)sqi/ein, fhsi/n, h(donh=s swmatikh=s ai)sqa/noito h( yuxh/.
A hermit and disciple of St. Anthony in Egypt (4th century), Pior belonged to the eremitical community in the the Baid desert on the Nile.
For the Suda's anecdotal material on him here cf. Socrates Scholasticus, Historia ecclesiastica 4.23 (web address 1); Apophthegmata patrum 4.42.
[1] Sharper in the Greek: not an ergon but a parergon.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; ethics; food; historiography; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 30 October 2006@01:12:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 30 October 2006@02:50:21.
Catharine Roth (changed link) on 30 October 2006@10:40:40.
David Whitehead (another note) on 4 October 2013@05:14:24.


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