Syriac ascetic struggle and the Greek agon

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recently had a wonderful relaxing week with great friends the Rudolphs. In between beach walks I was researching how the Syrian Christian ascetic struggle was shaped by earlier Greek notions of the agon, the "contest" of wrestling, music, ideas, etc. In Syriac agon is agona and is used in pretty much the same way as the earlier Greek playwrights and historians write of the "struggle". Also found an excellent site for all the Greek plays (in Greek) that allows searching on individual words like agon eg in Sophocles:


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