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The Memory of the Eyes: Pilgrims to Living Saints in Christian Late Antiquity

Georgia Frank

Abstract

Pilgrims in the deserts of Egypt and the holy land during the fourth and fifth centuries ad often reported visiting holy people as part of their tours of holy places. This is the first comprehensive study of pilgrimage to these famous ascetics of late antique Christianity. Through an original analysis of pilgrim writings of this period, the book discovers a literary imagination at work, one that both recorded and shaped the experience of pilgrimage to living saints. Taking an important new approach to these texts, the book finds in them a record of the writers' and readers' spiritual expectati ... More

Keywords: pilgrims, pilgrimage, late antique Christianity, living saints, Christian pilgrims, sight, visual piety, relics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222052
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222052.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgia Frank, author