Confessor, abbot, born Syria, c.525; died on Mount Sinai, 605. The name Climacus was given to him from the title of his book “,” but he is also known as Scholasticus, or the Sinaita. He lived for many years as a solitary at the foot of Mount Sinai, and in 600 acceded to the request of the monks on Sinai to rule them as abbot, resigning this charge after four years. Emblem: a ladder. Feast, 30 March.