John Cassian’s Conferences is a study of the fourth and fifth century Egyptian ideal of the monk. At the turn of the sixth century the Roman rule that formed the bedrock of civil order was in decline. During the chaos of those years, there arose in the deserts of Egypt and Syria monastic movements that offered men and women a radical Christian alternative to dominant Roman society. Learn more about this important period of history and deepen your understanding of the history of the church.
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Like the rule of St. Benedict, his work was a protection against excess and a constant recall to that primitive simplicity where eastern spirituality met western.
—Owen Chadwick, professor of history, University of Cambridge
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John Cassian (AD 360–435), also known as John the Ascetic, or John Cassian the Roman, was a monk and ascetic who first introduced eastern monastic ideas to the West. His works are collected in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Second Series, Volume XI.