ST SIMEON STYLITES (390-459) , the first and most famous of thePillar-hermits (Gr . Qraos, pillar), was
See also:born in N .
See also:Syria . After having been expelled from a monastery for his excessive austerities, at
See also:thirty years of age he built a pillar six feet high on which he took up his abode . He made new pillars higher and higher, till after ten years he reached the height of sixty feet . On this pillar he lived for thirty years without ever descending . A railing ran
See also:round the capital of the pillar, and a
See also:ladder enabled his disciples to take him the necessaries of
See also:life . From his pillar he preached and exercised a
See also:great influence, converting numbers of
See also:heathen and taking
See also:part in ecclesiastical politics . The facts would seem incredible were they not vouched for by
See also:Theodoret, who knew him personally (Historia religiosa, c . 26) . Moreover, Simeon had many imitators, well authenticated Pillar-hermits being met with till the 16th century . The standard
See also:work on the subject is
See also:Les Stylites (1895), by H .
Delehaye, the Bollandist; for a
See also:summary see the article " Saulenheiligge," in Herzog's Realencyklopadie (ed . 3) . On Simeon see Th . Noldeke's Sketches from Eastern
See also:History (1892), p . 210, and the
See also:Dictionary of Christian Biography . (E . C .
SIMEON (or SYMEON) OF DURHAM (d. after 1129)
COMTE JOSEPH JEROME SIMEON (1749–1842)
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