The chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite
, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
(147) Their image imprinted on clay tablets, given as a blessing to the visitors and spiritual children by the Stylites
of Syria, could also eliminate famines and droughts, exorcise evil spirits and relieve maladies.
Saint Simeon is called the Stylite
because he was famous for sitting on a platform over a pillar near Aleppo, where a historical church bearing his name stands to this day, known as Simeon's Fortress and also Simeon's Monastery.
(13) Symeon the Stylite
(390-459) from Syria spent his adult life atop a platform.
As Walter Benjamin commented, "If ever God has punished a prophet by fulfilling his prophecy, then that is the case with George." Young Max Kommerell, a follower, defined George's poetry in a 1920 letter: "Harmonious functioning of intoxication and order, indeed, intoxication as order." And Ludwig Marcuse wrote that, "George is truly the wonderfully honest affirmation of a great error." Brecht was to remark: "The column that this stylite
sought out for himself is selected with too much cunning.
*sta- "To stand, with derivatives meaning 'place or thing that is standing'" (Pok sta- 1004) style, stand, steed, stud, stay, stage, stamen, standard, stem, station, stasis, static, status, stable, stoic, store, stylite
, steer *steigh- "To stride, step, rise" (Pok steigh- 1017) stile, stirrup, stickle, distich, acrostic *steu- "To push, stick, knock, beat" (Pok 2.
Winstead, "Vulfolaic the Stylite
: Orientalism and Performing Holiness in Gregory's Histories" (63-73); Kathleen M.
At several junctures, she explores "comparative texts": Ambrose's De Tobia, the Chronicle of Ps.-Joshua the Stylite
, Philagathos' De siccitate, and Synesius of Cyrene's Catastasis.
Student prejudices about the superstitions of the past (and perhaps about the excesses of Orientals) will only be reinforced, this in spite of a wealth of material (some of it in the bibliography here) that would help students understand Symeon the Stylite
Depending on how you classify them, there are five or more separate mountain ranges, called jebel in Arabic: the Jebel el-A'la, Jebel Baricha, Jebel Riha, Jebel Zawie, and the Jebel Sema'n, the most famous of them on account of the pilgrimage site of Saint Simeon the Stylite
, who died there in 459.
"The View from the Stylite
's Tower: The Vindication of the Self in Walker Percy's The Thanatos Syndrome." NDQ 63 (Spring 1996), 113-136.
For instance, there is a striking correspondence between the account of the spinning and staggering image of Apollo in the De Dea Syria and Russian pilgrims' (much later) descriptions of the Hodegetria icon of the Virgin and child, the palladium of Constantinople, whose icon staggered with divine charisma in its weekly street processions through the city on Tuesdays.(70) Again the phallus-climbers of the De Dea Syria have a certain affinity with Stylite
saints who became a feature of the same region in the fifth century.(71) Likewise the ritual precision of Pausanias' description of Graecia religiosa is paralleled by the wealth of liturgical detail and precision highlighted in our most important early Christian account of Jerusalem pilgrimage.