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Cyril of Scythopolis
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(c. 525, Scythopolis [Beth-Shean] – c. 560). Influenced as a boy by the monk Sabas, he became a monk himself and traveled to Jerusalem in 543. He lived briefly at the monastery of Calamon (544), then at the monastery of Euthymius the Great (544). He was part of the group of orthodox monks who occupied the “New Laura” after the expulsion of the Origenists (555). In 557 he moved to the Great Laura, founded by Sabas. At the New Laura he began his literary work, writing the Vitae of the two main monastic leaders of the Judean desert, Euthymius and Sabas, and then shorter Vitae of his sp…

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Binns, John, “Cyril of Scythopolis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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