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  • n. Plural form of stylite.


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  • After I finish the Roman Mysteries I might write 'The Qartmin Trilogy' about monks, stylites and demons in 6th century Byzantium!

    Some Frequently Asked Questions addressed to Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence

  • He thought of Sister Edgar in sixth grade talking about desert saints, pillar saints, stylites, and she hoisted herself up on her desk and crossed her legs under the habit, a saint lotused on a column in the Sinai, and spoke to the class in snatches of Latin and Hebrew and he remembered liking that—he liked to think of a godstruck band of wanderers haunting the test ranges and silos of the West.


  • Yet how could I shock the sweet filial heart of my cousin by a fierce lampoon or _stylites_ against her father, had Latin even figured amongst her accomplishments?

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • They were known as hermits or recluses if they provided their own necessities of life or accepted them from strangers; stylites or dendrites, if they chose a pillar or a tree as the scene of their mortifications; lauriotes or kelliotes, if they lived together in a laura.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Some passed years on the top of a pillar (stylites); others condemned themselves to remain standing, in open air (stationaries); others shut themselves up in a cell so that they could not come out (recluses).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Holy people, anchorites, recluses, ascetics, stylites, hermits in deserts, are no match for me in fortitude of spirit -- yet even they fell in the struggle with the temptation of the diabolical flesh.

    Yama: the pit

  • Here are to be found anchorites, and stylites or pillar-saints.

    A Short History of Monks and Monasteries

  • Yes, I will cling to the stylobate of thy temple, I will be a stylites on thy columns, my cell shall be upon thy architrave and, what is more difficult still, for thy sake I will endeavour to be intolerant and prejudiced.

    Recollections of My Youth

  • They have owed their liberty and their political independence for ages to the quaking and swampy soil, which they pass over in the time of drought, and on which they alone know how to walk in security to their solitude in the delta of the Orinoco; to their abode on the trees where religious enthusiasm will probably never lead any American stylites.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 3

  • Monasteries and nunneries were once full of such people -- with the Byzantine stylites perhaps the most striking example.



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