Simeon Stylites, the Elder

(c. 390–459)
   Simeon was the most famous of the pillar hermits. He was born in Cilicia and, after finding monastic life too distracting, he retired to Telanissos where he lived on top of a pillar. It was about sixty feet high and on it Simeon dedicated himself to prayer and contemplation. He attracted numerous sightseers and from his vantage point, he seems to have exerted a considerable influence on his contemporaries. He lived like this until his death – a period of some thirtysix years. Subsequently a church and a monastery were built on the site.
   E.A. Livingstone (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, new edn (1997).

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