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from the Greek ἀρχιμανδρίτης, literally, leader of a flock, is translated from the Syriac Riš-dayra. Originally (4th cent.) a designation for the abbot of a Syrian monastery, the Greek term Archimandrite spread throughout the entire Christian East. From the 6th century, the Archimandrite was the leader of an important monastery, and from the 11th century of an association of monasteries. Since 1823, the Russian church has bestowed the title Archimandrite on outstanding monks, and the…

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Schneider, Johann, “Archimandrite”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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