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Author: Neža Zajc
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Neža Zajc, DSc in History and Slavic Studies, Research Fellow at The Institute of Cultural History of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi trg 2, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Zajc, N. “On the Origins of the Monastic Worldview of St Maximus the Greek (On the 550th Anniversary of His Birth).” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 20. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 250–272. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2021-20-250-272

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2021-20-250-272
Keywords: St. Maximus the Greek, prayer’s practice, hesychasm, monasticism, Athonite monasticism, Old Russian literature, old church Slavonic.
Date of publication: 08.07.2021


The article analyzes six original works by St. Maxim the Greek, which are joined in the Parisian manuscript collection in a unique way. They all share the theme of monastic life and are composed in the form of answers. It turns out that it was in these works that Maxim the Greek created a special concept of “inner man”. Rather, traces of his personal practice of “prayer of the heart” (Jesus Prayer) can be detected, which bears testimony to his monastic experience and worldview that bring to mind the spiritual ascetic practice of hesychasm. Moreover, the mentioned works of St. Maxim the Greek include essential techniques for creating a literary text, thus reflecting not only his understanding of literary creativity, but also the essence of poetics of St. Maxim the Greek. It is for the first time that these works are examined in such a detail and on the basis of handwritten materials.


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