In the flood of christian ascetics who left the world to seek God alone, Simeon
chose a novel withdrawal. He mounted a pillar and remained there the rest of
his life. To him came supplicants with all kinds of problems: personal anguish,
sickness and pain, infertility, sin, and social transgression. Public issues
were mediated at his shrine and slaves manumitted. Three views of the Stylite
in three lives.
Softbound. 244 pp.