13) Symeon the Stylite
(390-459) from Syria spent his adult life atop a platform.
He gets his nickname, the Stylite
, from the Greek word for column.
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It is worth noting that the narrative relies heavily upon a single source, a Syriac chronicle conventionally attributed to Joshua the Stylite
This is evident from the tale of a painter named Theodoulos the Stylite
condemned for allegedly depicting "angels in the form of Christ, with both angels and Christ shown as aged.
A collection of three different lives about one of the most well-known, controversial, and questionable ascetics of all times, the anchorite Simeon the Stylite
The most celebrated were Simeon Stylites
of Syria and Daniel the Stylite
He undoubtedly possessed authority, and here Francis is on strong grounds: Apollonius is a precursor of the Christian holy men and stylite
saints who admonished emperors and acted as ombudsmen in their communities.
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Christian princes and people alike goggled in true believers' wonderment at prodigies of penitential renunciation, such as Simeon Stylites
, who perched for 30 years atop a 60-foot column in the Syrian waste.
Today he considers himself a global citizen, he says, but he grew up in a "little village with farmers" and was not ready for the impact of seeing archaeological wonders such as Palmyra, or the old Byzantine Church of Saint Simeon Stylites
," the auditors' very vocal response to the speaker's performance of saintly self-abasement is what effects the transformation into sainthood that the speaker seeks.