A special form of Christian asceticism common esp. in Syria, characterised by the ascetic's permanent abode on the top of a column (στυλίτης/stylítēs, 'column-stander' of ὁ στῦλος/ho stŷlos, 'column'). A connection to non-Christian forms (cf. the φαλλοβάται/phallobátai in Lucian Syr. D. 28 f.) seems unlikely (differently ). The initiator and most important representative is Simeon the Elder (d. in AD 459) whose column became a destination for pilgrims. Other stylites of renown were the Simeon the Younger, Daniel, Alypius of Adrianopolis, Lazarus and Lucas.
Cite this pageRist, Josef (Würzburg), “Stylites”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1124670>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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