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The Sayings of the Fathers


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From the middle of the fifth century, and probably from the late fourth century, collections of sayings from the hermits of the Egyptian desert began to be circulated. Smaller collections of these sayings were gradually assembled into larger collections arranged alphabetically, by author, or by subject. In The Sayings of the Fathers, Owen Chadwick translates the standard and celebrated edition of this collection of sayings that was printed by the Jesuit Heribert Rosweyde at Antwerp in 1615. Chadwick chose this version to translate because it is one of the earliest of the western collections, and because it was probably the most influential of the collections in western monastic history.

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Key Features

  • Provides an alphabetized collection of ancient sayings
  • Offers a translation of an influential work in western monastic history
  • Examines the priorities and culture of wanderers in the fifth and fourth century


  • Of the Progress of the Fathers in Perfection
  • Of Quiet
  • Of Compunction
  • Of Self-Control
  • Of Lust
  • That a Monk Should Possess Nothing
  • Of Patience, or Fortitude
  • That Nothing Should Be Done for Show
  • That We Should Judge No Man
  • On Discretion
  • That It Is Right to Live Soberly
  • That We Ought to Pray Earnestly and Unceasingly
  • That We Ought to Be Hospitable and Show Mercy with Cheerfulness
  • Of Obedience
  • Of Humility
  • Of Patience
  • Of Charity

Product Details

  • Title: The Sayings of the Fathers
  • Editor: Owen Chadwick
  • Publisher: Westminster Press
  • Publication Date: 1958
  • Pages: 156
  • Christian Group: Anglican
  • Resource Type: Collected Works
  • Topic: Ancient History

William Owen Chadwick, OM, KBE, FBA, FRSE (born 20 May 1916) is a British professor, writer and prominent historian of Christianity.


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