Symeon the Stylite the Elder

Symeon the Stylite the Elder
   The first pillar saint (stylite [q.v.]). He was born (ca. 389) the son of a shepherd on the borders of Syria and Cilicia (qq.v.). He tried and rejected other forms of eremitical (q.v.) practice before stepping onto a low pillar about three meters high. On this pillar in the Syrian desert near Antioch (q.v.) he stood for some 30 years without shelter from the elements. As the height of the pillar increased to about 16 meters, so did his fame. He was hardly inactive. One visitor counted 1,244 prostrations for prayer in a single day, and he was besieged by petitioners who needed advice, cures, and legal judgments. By the time he died in 459 he was internationally famous. A monastery (Qalat Seman) of exquisite architecture sprang up to deal with the many pilgrims who came to see his pillar. His successors included the sixth-century ascetics (q.v.) Symeon the Stylite the Younger, whose pillar was located southwest of Antioch (q.v.) at a place called Wondrous Mountain, and also Daniel the Stylite (q.v.).

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