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I. Western Hagiography – II. Eastern Hagiography – III. Medieval and Modern Judaism

I. Western Hagiography

Western hagiography, as a literature that has no scholarly purpose but serves to venerate saints, first followed Greek examples. Its most important genre, the lives of the saints, is shaped less by the panegyric biography of the martyr bishop Cyprian of Carthage, written by the deacon Pontius (2nd half of 3rd cent. ce), than by the vitaes of the desert father Anthon…

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Köpf, Ulrich, Plank, Peter and Dan, Joseph, “Hagiography”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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