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Nilus of Sinai
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[German Version]

was the author of a Sinai story, probably from the end of the 4th century. In this autobiography, which reads like fiction, with detailed topographical references, he tells how he and his son became monks on Moses’ mountain, and fell under Saracen attack.

Since Nilus of Ancyra (end of 4th cent. – c. 430) in a letter (Ep. IV 62) reports a similar event in a eulogy of St. Platon, the two have been identified as one and the same person, and this monk from Galatia was wrongly named “Sinaites.” In his monastic and exegetical writings, Nilus of Ancyra is clearly influenced by John Chrysos…

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Petzolt, Martin, “Nilus of Sinai”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024055>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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