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see Simeon StylitesSimeon Stylites, Saint
[Gr.,= of a pillar], d. 459?, Syrian hermit. He lived for more than 35 years on a small platform on top of a high pillar. He had many imitators (called stylites) and gained the reverence of the whole Christian world. Feast: Jan. 5.
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Stylites

medieval ascetics; resided atop pillars. [Christian Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1045]
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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 (+459).
The most celebrated were Simeon Stylites of Syria and Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople.
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.
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.