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243 ; Palladius, Dial, m and χκ. 3 Palladius, Dial, m; Sozomen νητ. 26. Did Cassian live in Constantinople with his sister Τ Lut. χι. 18 proves that at some stage he had associated with his sister in a way not quite creditable to an ascetic. The only occasions when he failed to live the ascetic Bfc were presumably the sojourns as an urban ecclesiastic in Constantinople and Rome. Since his raiiwly probably came from the Balkans and since in De Inc. vn, 31. 3 he calls the citizens of Constantinople 'mei patriae elves', rhe eastern capital seems the more likely.

Mûneo, ut quidquid in eis placuerit patrum, nostrum vera sciant esse quod displicet. 3 Coli xxrv. 1. 1. 1 During his Egyptian travels he must have been present at many more than twenty-four conferences. Yet these twenty-four contain all the matter which he needs to portray his entire ascetical doctrine. It is true that the Conferences do not treat the various subjects in a logical order, though the sequence of thought is rarely impeded. But even in the Institutes, when he is writing under his own name, the order is haphazard and suffers from repetition.

5�26 (cf RHE 40,1944�5, p� 37*; Cristiani* Casskm E* p. 228) has suggested that Cassian was interested in Gaul because in Palestine he met Lazarus the deposed bishop of Aix. There seem no grounds for this, * Cf Salvian, De Qt&, IV. JO, paraphrased. 4T J O H N CASSIAN The hungry and the destitute, the plundered and the wounded» wandered through Gaul in despair and often headed for Provence. Fugitives came also from the south. ' The barren notes of the annalists leave us little information in terms of human life ; but we possess a quasi-autobiographical poem from the hand of one such sufferer named Paulinus.

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