On the flipside some say that theres no way that she

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On the flipside, some say that there’s no way that she was not a nun. According to these historians and commentators, “regular” women, no matter how rich they were or of what status they were, simply did not have the social freedoms to travel like that by themselves and only a 3
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4 nun with the intent of visiting the Holy Land would have been allowed to do it. It could also be that she did in fact describe hagiographic miracles in her letter- in the parts that have not been found. And, perhaps above all else, the Codex Aretinus was found at the Monastery of Monte Cassino just southeast of Rome and so, having made it into the Codex in the first place, the letter probably wasn’t written by any regular Christian. Those who believe she was not a nun say that her references to her friends back home as her “brothers” and “sisters” were simply the customary title of acquaintance given to her fellow church members; those who say she was a nun say that she was referring to none other than her fellow monastics. They say that she was probably a female gyrovague, a wandering monastic (as Valerio was). St. Benedict coined the term “gyrovague” in his book of precepts ( The Rule of St. Benedict ); St. Benedict himself was the one who founded the Monastery of Monte Cassino. 1 “Egeria,” currently the most widely accepted spelling and/or interpretation of the pilgrim’s name, is a pagan name (as already suggested by the fact that she was named after a Roman deity); this could be considered evidence that supports her not having been a nun. However, statistics found on the episcopal lists of Nicea, the interim capital city of the Byzantine Empire (what became of the Eastern Roman Empire by the 11 th century), revealed that “270 of the 284 bishops [that were on the lists at that time also] had pagan names.” (Aherne, p. 48). This debate, as of today, seems fairly deadlocked; while there may (arguably) be more evidence to suggest her in fact having been a nun, there has been no information found to prove either assessment as absolute (non-speculative) fact. Despite the fact that we’re not necessarily sure of who she was outside of her pilgrimage, she still left a considerable legacy. First off, her letter is the oldest letter of its kind ever found 1 - the-goodness-of-god/
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Samuels that had been written by a woman; it probably was the first of its kind by any woman in history. In fact, only one letter of such caliber regarding a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, by a person of any gender, has been found that precedes Egeria’s; that is the letter by the anonymous pilgrim generally known as “The Pilgrim of Bordeaux.” His stay in Jerusalem apparently lasted less than a year, between 333 and 334 AD 2 - only a few years after the founding of Constantinople.
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