Medieval Monastery I
Its origins are found in antiquity.
Already, then, men and women withdrew from society to devote themselves to the service of God.
In retirement they chose two solutions:
- Living in isolation: they are the anachorites or hermits.
- Living in community: it is the monks, who gave rise to the monasteries.
- (in Christianity) a man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons, especially as a member of an order of cenobites living according to a particular rule and under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- (in any religion) a man who is a member of a monastic order: