BMCR 2004.07.33

Response: Alcock on Noy on Fraschetti

Response to 2001.10.13

Response by

On p. 164 of A. Fraschetti (ed.), Roman Women (Chicago, 1999), the subject of hooligan monks in connection with Hypatia is brought up. A passage from the ecclesiastical historian Socrates (VI, 6-7) is only partially quoted about the patriarch Theophilus and his arming of the monks of Nitria.The quotation gives the impression that this tactic was part of an anti-paganism campaign. The full text of Socrates makes it clear that Theophilus provided these brutal simpletons with weapons in his campaign against a fellow Christian, Dioscorus, one of the so-called Tall Brothers. Christian solidarity, not surprisingly, lasted only as long as Christianity was under threat from outside.