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Lausiac History

Palladius ( - c.457)

1. Introductory Pieces
2. Isidore, Dorotheus, Potamiaena, Didymus the Blind, Alexandra, The Rich Virgin, The Monks of Nitria, Amoun of Nitria
3. Or, Pambo, Ammonius, Benjamin, Apollonius, Paesius and Isaias, Macarius the Younger, Nathanael, Macarius of Egypt
4. Macarius of Alexandria, Moses the Robber, Paul
5. Eulogius and the Cripple, Paul the Simple, Pachon, Stephen, Valens, Heron, Ptolemy
6. A Virgin Who Fell, Elias, Dorotheus, Piamoun, Pachomius and the Tabennesiots, The Tabennesiot Nuns, The Nun Who Feigned Madness (St. Isidora), John of Lycopolis
7. Posidonius, Sarapion the Sindonite, Evagrius Ponticus, Pior, Ephraim, Holy Women
8. Julian, Adolius, Innocent, Philoromus, Melania the Elder, Chronius and Paphnuntius, Elpidius
9. Sisinnius, Gaddanas, Elias, Sabas, Abramius, The Elder Melania, Silvania, Olympias, Candida, The Monks of Antinoe, Amma Talis and Taor, Collythus, Melania the Younger, Pammachius
10. The Virgin and Athanasius, Juliana, Hippolytus, Verus the Ex-Count, Magna, The Compassionate Monk, The Nun Who Fell, A Reader Unjustly Accused, The Brother Who is with the Writer

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Summary

The Lausiac History (Historia Lausiaca) is a seminal work archiving the Desert Fathers (early Christian monks who lived in the Egyptian desert) written in 419-420 by Palladius of Galatia, at the request of Lausus, chamberlain at the court of the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. Certainly not all of the Christian monks mentioned in the Lausiac History are recognized as Saints. The influence of Origen on the author, as well as on many of the desert dwellers, is clearly seen in this collection of stories. However, Origen's teachings were condemned as heretical in the 6th century. The recognized Saints mentioned include Anthony the Great, Paul the Simple, Macarius of Alexandria, Macarius of Egypt, Pachomius, Isidora the Fool for Christ, Melania the Younger, Pambo, and Serapion. (Comments by the reader.)