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Pillar saints. They were solitaries who dwelled on the ruins of structures surmounting columns or pillars. In this way they practiced mortification, while also preaching to the people or giving spiritual counsel. The best known were St. Simeon (390-459) of Antioch and St. Daniel (d. 493) of Constantinople.
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