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by Matthew Spencer


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The story of the author's journey around the Holy Mountain of Athos, combining travel writing, history and spiritual reflection.

The story of the author's journey around the Holy Mountain of Athos, combining travel writing, history and spiritual reflection. Of all the holy places of the Orthodox Churches Mount Athos is the holiest. This book uncovers some of the monastic rituals and origins of the monks' way of life. Matthew Spencer has a keen eye and his writing reveals his eagerness to embrace som The story of the author's journey around the Holy Mountain of Athos, combining travel writing, history and spiritual reflection.

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Mount Athos (/ˈæθɒs/; Greek: Άθως, Áthos ) is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic

Mount Athos (/ˈæθɒs/; Greek: Άθως, Áthos ) is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

The Holy Mountain Athos. By the eighth century the first monks are recorded to have taken up residence on the mountain setting the example of dedicating their life to contemplation of the divine through prayer and practicing an esthetic life style. Athos as it is today started to take shape in 958 when Athonasios the Athonite arrived and with the patronage of the Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus Phocas began the construction of Great Lavra, the first of now 20 monumental monastery complexes that are feats of Medieval engineering.

Loch, Sydney, Athos: The Holy Mountain, 1957. The complete book here. Spencer, Matthew, Athos, Travels on the Holy Mountain 2000. Spitzing, Gunter: Athos der heilige Berg des Ostlichen Christentums (219 . 1990. Spunda, Franz: Legenden und Fresken vom Berg Athos. Löhneysen, von, Wolfgang: Heimat unter dem Himmel Berg Athos, 1991 383 pages.

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The monks of Athos rise before the sun and sleep before it sets. They follow a calendar and a way of life that the rest of the world has forgotten and which must at times seem misguided--even to them . . .

It was to the Holy Mountain, immovable symbol of Eastern Orthodox spirituality, that Matthew Spencer journeyed one summer, his mind full of questions about the history and contemporary identity of monasticism.

Athos has never been easy to get to, for anyone. No woman has been allowed to set foot there for a thousand years. However, its legendary exclusivism is not the only thing we encounter in this first-hand account of a season spent on Athos' wooded shores. Interwoven with historical fact and spiritual reflection are lyrical descriptions of the brilliance of its art, the cool of its ancient buildings, the warmth of its welcome. No less absoring are the author's observations on the vagaries of monastic living, and the challenges of adapting, however briefly, to an alien culture.

Ultimately it is the peace of Athos that shines through, even as monks set themselves against the world, as monastery complains about monastery, as brtehren squabble about the vision at the heart of the place: what it might mean to live a holy life.


Comments: (2)

Darkraven
Speaking as one who spent some time on the Holy Mountain in 1999, ostensibly to tread in the footsteps of Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece's most celebrated novelist and man-of-letters, who visited Athos in 1914 and 1916, I want to affirm Spencer's piece of travelogue.
With refreshing honesty, combined with more than a few touches of poetic gradiloquence, he captures well the sacred atmosphere and action in the Garden of the Virgin. One almost climbs the many craggy ascents with him, for example, as he treks up and down the stoney mass that is Athos. He felt isolated there, by all accounts, and I know how he felt, for my own experience with the monks was not entirely helpful. I recall being kept out of Matins one morning at St. Paul's Monastery, for example, because I am not Orthodox, though I count myself a worshipping Christian, even while numerous Orthodox pilgrims slept soundly in their beds! The frustration! Spencer captures it well. But he knows, as do I, that one would be hard pressed to find a more sublime sacred site in our harsh-bitten world.
These days I hear Athos calling me back, to climb some more. And while I am unable to make the journey at the present time, I remain grateful to Matthew Spencer, especially his prose, for transporting me to one of the most peaceful places I have ever encountered.
Cheber
Attempts to convey a spiritual awakening via one's travels to exotic locales has been the staple of many a good read. Andrew Harvey's JOURNEY TO LADAKH, and Robert Byron's THE STATION are 2 of the most noteworthy. Alas Mathew Spencer's stay at the Holy Mountain has not produced such a book. Firstly, as it is written based on a 1993 visit, it is out of date. Much of the monasteries have undergone changes, both visually and internally due to EU funding. And he doesn't convey the spiritual practice that you would think necessary to achieve some form of enlightenment. As an outsider to Orthodoxy, he never gets into the skin of its theatrics. However he does ground his writing in historical context, and provide a knowledgeable background to monasticism. A shame then that it doesn't transcend the already known.
Athos : Travels on the Holy Mountain download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Matthew Spencer
ISBN: 1902694023
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Azure Books (January 1, 2001)
Pages: 128 pages