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Title: Evagrius and Abraham of Nathpar
Subtitle: A Reaction to Some Recent Works
Author(s): POIANI, Matteo
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 135 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2022
The pseudo-authority in the past is something that we should study better still today. In the case of Evagrius, many of his texts were attributed to Nil of Ancyra in the Greek tradition, but he was also the pseudo-authority for other authors in the Syriac tradition. In recent times, an article and a translation of Potrepticus and Paraeneticus show how far we are from the knowledge of the Syriac version of Evagrius and the Syriac monastic milieu of the late antiquity: the two works are attributed to Evagrius and not to Abraham of Nathpar, who is actually the real author. Even though scholars have explored the lack of secondary literature that delineates the wrong attribution, which in this case is important as the source itself, more study is needed in this area to correct some past errors. This short article is a reassessment which corrects wrong attributions and suggests further studies on this particular relation between Evagrius and Abraham of Nathpar.