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date: 28 March 2020

monastery 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
Author(s):

Timothy Darvill

[MC]A monastery (from the Greek ‘to live alone’) is a more or less self‐ contained settlement constructed to house a community of monks or canons. The idea of a monastic lifestyle based around a religious community may have originated in prehistoric times, but finds its first expression in the Christian context in the eastern Roman Empire during the 4th century ... ...

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