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Laura
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In Eastern monasticism, a laura (or lavra) is a particular type of monastic community; it differs from cenobitic monasticism (Cenobites) in practicing a moderate form of anachoretic life (Anchorites). Greek λαὑρα/laúra means “alley” or “passage”; originally it denoted a colony of hermits consisting of scattered cells connected by a path. The term came into use in Byzantine Palestine in the 4th century. The lavrite system is associated with the name of Chariton, who established monastic life in the Judean Desert at the laura of Pharan in Wadi Qelt and…

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Perrone, Lorenzo, “Laura”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12697>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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