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Simeon Stylites the Elder
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(c. 390 in Cilician Sis – Jul 24 [Sep 1], 459). Without education, Simeon entered a monastery early in the 5th century; he was forced to leave on account of his extreme asceticism. He lived as a hermit in Telanissus (some 60 km east of Antioch). From the early 420s, he lived on a hill atop a pillar that gradually reached a height of over 20 m (Stylite); visited by countless pilgrims, he gave political counsel to several emperors and appeared as a savior to the persecuted Christians in the Persian Empire. After his death, there was a conflict betw…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Simeon Stylites the Elder”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025899>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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