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Date of Award

January 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name



Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

First Advisor

Leonidas Pittos


This thesis examines the work of one sixth-century hagiographer known as Cyril of

Scythopolis. After establishing the historical context in which Cyril wrote, the thesis moves to

uncover and describe Cyril’s creation of an “incarnational” philosophy of history which allowed

him to champion the Council of Chalcedon (451) and condemn the Second Origenist heresy

through the authorship of Christian encomia. After identifying Cyril’s unique philosophy of

history, the thesis considers how Cyril brings such history to life in the vitae of his two most

famous abbots, Euthymius the Great and Sabas the Sanctified.

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