Early hagiography workshop at Durham

On 11-12 November 2016 Robert Wiśniewski took part in a workshop on late-antique hagiography at the University of Durham. In his paper Robert argued that, unlike monastic vitae, the lives of holy bishops and presbyters showed a sanctity, but rarely a model of life which could be proposed specifically to clergy. This resulted mostly from the conviction that, unlike monasticism, priesthood was not really a way to sanctity. One could become a saint by choosing the life of an eremite, but not by becoming cleric. The relation between priesthood and sanctity was opposite. Ideally, one was made a priest because he was a saint, and not the other way round. Consequently, a complete and specific hagiographical model of clerical life did not develop.

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