The Invocation of Christ in Eastern Monastic Psalmody c. 350-450
Chapter Five: The Development by Diadochus of Photice
← 104 | 105 → CHAPTER FIVE
The Development by Diadochus of Photice
The purpose of this chapter is to deal with the question as to whether those passages relating to the invocation of Jesus in the Capita centum de perfectione spirituali by Diadochus of Photice owe anything to the legacy of Evagrius of Pontus. In particular, the investigation will explore the linkage between those passages and Evagrius’ understanding of the role of psalmody, as described in Dysinger’s Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius of Pontus.
I. Diadochus and Evagrius
Born around 400 and dying before 486, Diadochus was Bishop of Photice in northern Greece. He was a supporter of the Council of Chalcedon, but little more is known of his biography. In their Introductory Note to ‘St Diadochos of Photiki’ the editors of the English translation of The Philokalia make this observation with regard to the Diadochus-Evagrius relationship: ‘St Diadochos borrows many of the Evagrian technical terms, but his work contains certain features not found in Evagrios: an emphasis, for instance upon the primacy of love (see especially chapters 90–92), upon the sacraments, and upon the heart as well as the intellect’ (nous).1
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.