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Syncletica (Virgin, or Amma, Mother; 5th cent. CE?) is the most prolifically preserved of the three so-called desert mothers (Sarah, Syncletica, and Theodora), whose sayings are transmitted in various collections of Apophthegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Desert Fathers). Syncletica was a learned ascetic in the tradition of Evagrius of Pontus, whose teachings detail her approach to demons, asceticism, gender, and the travails of embodiment.


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Crislip, A., “Syncletica”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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