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This article examines the virtue of humility in Dorotheos of Gaza’s writings. It relates his teaching to traditions of classical education and Palestinian monasticism and clarifies distinctive elements of his program of monastic paideia and wider thought. Dorotheos deploys earlier ascetic literature and classical rhetoric, medicine, and philosophy to construct a concept of humility which organizes his anthropology, epistemology, ethics, and soteriology within the contours of a largely traditional account of the divine plan of salvation adapted for his monastic context. The article hence illumines a complex monastic virtue, Dorotheos’s ascetic teaching, and his contribution to Palestinian monasticism.


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