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The Pillar-Saints, or stylites, were Christian ascetics who preached while living atop pillars—sometimes for decades at a time. One of the first such stylites, if not the first, was Simeon the Elder of Syria. Expelled from a monastery for excessive austerity, he stood on a column for more than 35 years until his death in 459. He was revered throughout the Christian world and attracted a following. What did Saint Alypius do when he could no longer stand on the pillar he had occupied for 53 years? More… Discuss