Nilus the Solitary (4th/5th cent.)
Greek monastic author. A number of writings in Greek are associated with Nilus, abbot of a monastery near Ankyra (Ankara); among these are several which are in fact by Evagrius of Pontus (preserved in Syriac, however, with their correct attribution). The works which are translated into Syriac under the name of ‘Nilus the Solitary’ consist of the following: a collection of some 160 short sayings entitled (in some mss.) ‘Pearls’ ( CPG 6068); these are related to a Greek collection attributed either to Nilus or to Hesychius ( CPG 6583); a Discourse on the monastic way of life ( CPG 6060), which seems to be a different, and older, recension of the Greek text on this subject under the name of Nilus ( CPG 6046); and four ‘Admonitions’, or ‘Letters’, on different ascetic topics; the first and third of these are addressed to Philotheos ( CPG 6061) and Theosebios ( CPG 6064) respectively. None of these four texts can be identified as known Greek texts, though they seem to have been translated from Greek.
- CPG 6043–6084.
- P. Bettiolo, Gli scritti siriaci di Nilo il Solitario (1983). (Syr. with IT and introduction)
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Sebastian P. Brock, “Nilus the Solitary,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay (Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018), https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Nilus-the-Solitary.
Bibliography Entry Citation:
Brock, Sebastian P. “Nilus the Solitary.” In Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition. Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay. Digital edition prepared by David Michelson, Ute Possekel, and Daniel L. Schwartz. Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018. https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Nilus-the-Solitary.
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