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Title: Monastic Thought on the Passions
Subtitle: Pseudo-Macarius versus Evagrius Ponticus
Author(s): HORYACHA, Mariya
Volume: 83 Date: 2013
This paper offers a comparative study of two prominent figures of Byzantine monasticism – Evagrius of Pontus and Pseudo-Macarius – with regard to their teaching concerning the passions. The author considers the basic ideas of the passions in the writings of these two authors and discusses the similarities and differences between their teachings, as well as the compatibility of the Macarian teaching on the passions with the Evagrian schema of eight generic thoughts. The comparative analysis shows that the Macarian and Evagrian lists of passions, though different, are not incompatible. They represent different approaches and emphases, rather than a disagreement in principles between the two ascetic writers.