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Title: Peter the Iberian and Palestinian Anti-Chalcedonian Monasticism in Fifth- and Early Sixth-Century Gaza
Author(s): HORN, Cornelia B.
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 15 Date: 2003
The article examines what can be known about the history of anti-Chalcedonian monasticism in the Gaza area in the fifth and early sixth century through the lense of the career of Peter the Iberian as it is recorded in the works of John Rufus. After a short introduction to both Rufus and Peter, the article reveals Rufus's agenda of assigning to Peter, and consequently to anti-Chalcedonian asceticism in the Gaza area, the role of being the immediate heir to the Palestinian proto-monk Hilarion. Next, an attempt is made at gleaning from the textual sources as well as from relevant but unfortunately scarce archaeological sources what can be learned about the conditions and circumstances of the daily life of Peter and his anti-Chalcedonian monks in the Gaza area. In its concluding paragraphs the article presents and discusses the evidence derived from the sources which speaks of the conflict between anti-Chalcedonians and Chalcedonians in the Gaza area.