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Monastery, Double
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The term “monastery” is primarily associated with male and female monasteries. The assertion is based on the popular image of Orthodox monasticism as strictly separated monastic communities. Also, the notion of ἄβατον/abaton (“non-accessible area”) played a particular role in this perception. Eastern Orthodox monasticism, however, was more diverse regarding gender segregation. Testimony to this diversity is the double monasteries which presuppose tha…

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Mitsiou, Ekaterini, “Monastery, Double”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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