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Headword: Παῦλος
Adler number: pi,814
Translated headword: Paulos, Paulus, Paul
Vetting Status: high
This man, who presided over the church of the Novatians[1] after Chrysanthus, was first a teacher of Latin literature, then leaving the toil of grammar-teaching he turned to the ascetic life and establishing monasteries of earnest men he persevered [in a life] not different from the monks in the desert. For he became such as Evagrius[2] says the monks in the desert spent their time: for he persevered in imitating them in all respects, in continual fasting, in speaking little, in abstinence from living things; for the most part he abstained also from wine and oil. But concerning the poor he became as serious as anyone else; he looked after those in prison without hesitation. In his time a certain Jew was caught pretending to be a Christian.[3]
Greek Original:
Παῦλος: οὗτος μετὰ Χρύσανθον τῆς Ναυατιανῶν ἐκκλησίας προεστηκὼς πρότερον μὲν λόγων Ῥωμαϊκῶν διδάσκαλος ἦν, τὸν δὲ γραμματικὸν πόνον καταλιπὼν ἐπὶ τὸν ἀσκητικὸν ἐτράπη βίον καὶ συστησάμενος ἀνδρῶν σπουδαίων μοναστήρια οὐκ ἀλλοιότερον τῶν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ μοναχῶν διετέλει. τοιοῦτος γὰρ γέγονεν, οἵους ὁ Εὐάγριός φησι τοὺς ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ διατρίβειν μοναχούς: πάντα γὰρ ἐκείνους μιμούμενος διετέλει, τὴν συνεχῆ νηστείαν, τὸ ὀλίγα φθέγγεσθαι, τὴν ἀποχὴν τῶν ἐμψύχων: τὰ πολλὰ δὲ καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἐλαίου ἀπείχετο. ἀλλὰ μὴν καὶ περὶ τοὺς πτωχοὺς σπουδαῖος εἰ καί τις ἄλλος ἐγένετο: τοὺς ἐν φυλακαῖς ἀόκνως ἐπεσκέπτετο. ἐπὶ τούτου Ἰουδαῖός τις χριστιανίζειν ὑποκρινόμενος ἐφωράθη.
Quoted approximately from Socrates, Ecclesiastical History 7.17.2-7 (translation at web address 1).
[1] On the Novatians, see nu 50, nu 51.
[2] Evagrius of Pontus: epsilon 3365, mu 56.
[3] Socrates tells more of this story: the man was enriching himself by getting baptized in every sect, but Paulus the Novatian bishop miraculously uncovered his scam.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; food; historiography; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 November 2010@01:28:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 22 November 2010@03:02:37.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2011@09:02:14.


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