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John Cassian
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John Cassian (c. 360–c. 435 CE) is a central architect of Christian monasticism in southern Gaul, notable for his translation of Egyptian desert asceticism into western milieus. He stands distinctly at the crossroads between eastern and western Christianity, training in ascetic practices of Palestine and Egypt (mostly notably with…

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Clements, Niki Kasumi, “John Cassian”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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