Anton Baumstark discusses the critical issues in the dating of the text of the Peregrinatio of Egeria. After comparing the account with other texts, Baumstark concludes in favor of the traditional fourth-century date and provides needed support for this conclusion.
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Immediately after the publication of the Peregrinatio of Egeria, the text received a great deal of scholarly attention within the field of early Christianity. However, as with other ancient texts that come to light, some of the claims made in the immediate aftermath of its publication were not plausible, others were founded on faulty assumptions, and still others simply lacked proper evidence. In the present article, Anton Baumstark discusses several of the critical issues pertaining to the Peregrinatio, particularly with respect to the date of the text. With his usual careful attention to the evidence, Baumstark weighs the account of Egeria against the accounts of other documents. Ultimately, Baumstark concludes that the traditional dating of the Peregrinatio to the fourth-century is in fact plausible, but he provides much needed clarification and support for the arguments in favor of this dating.