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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Symeon the Theologian's Vita

Dumbarton Oaks continues to publish some of the most impressive scholarship in the diverse fields of Byzantine studies, including theology. A recent offering is actually a new translation of a very old vita:  Niketas Stethatos, The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library), R.P. H.Greenfield, trans. (Harvard University Press, 2013), 448pp.

About this book we are told:
The Byzantine mystic, writer, and monastic leader Symeon the New Theologian is considered a saint by the Orthodox Church. The Life was written more than 30 years after his death by Symeon’s disciple and apologist Niketas Stethatos. This translation, based on an authoritative Greek edition, makes it accessible to English readers for the first time.

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