Religion conducted by two different instituons, during the long history
of Byzantine Empire. First one is the churches that was ruled by the Patriarchate
which was also under the command of the state. The second institution was
monasteries which took their roots from the early Christianity and widely spread
and influential. There is two different ideas as to the origin of Byzantine monasteries.
First approach proposes that Byzantine monastic instuitions came from Egypt since
the first monasteries were built there. On the other hand, since the first monks
in Constantinople came from Syria the second approach as to the origin of the
monasticism in Constantinople established under the infuence of Syriac monasticism.
The beginning of the monasteries has been seen as a movement that was the idea of a
one man, namely Antony of Egypt.
The present study focuses on the roots of Byzantine Monasteries in general and tries
to give the general picture of by using Constatinople as an example.