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Evagrius's Kephalaia Gnostika: A New Translation of the Unreformed Text from the Syriac
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
Publication Date
October 2015


A new English translation for scholars and students of church history

Evagrius exerted a striking impact on the development of spirituality, of Origenism, and of the spiritual interpretation of the Bible in Greek, Syriac, and Latin Christianity. This English translation of the most complete Syriac version of Kephalaia Gnostika makes Evagrius Ponticus’s thoughts concerning reality, God, protology, eschatology, anthropology, and allegorical exegesis of Scripture widely available.


  • English translation of the longer Syriac version discovered by Antoine Guillaumont
  • Commentary provides an integrated analysis of Evagrius’s ascetic and philosophical writings
  • Extensive introduction on the importance of Evagrius and the context of his writings

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli is Professor of Theology and Bishop Kevin Britt Chair in Dogmatics-Christology at the Graduate School of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary of the Thomas Aquinas University (Angelicum) in Detroit, Michigan. She is Onassis Senior Visiting Professor of Greek Thought at Harvard and Boston Universit, Senior Fellow in Ancient Philosophy at the Catholic University in Milan, in Religion at Erfurt University, and Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University. She has authored numerous books, articles, and reviews in scholarly journals and series on patristics, ancient philosophy, early Christianity, the New Testament, the reception of Scripture, classics, and the relation between Christianity and classical culture.

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