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Ammon of Alexandria is known solely through the letter that bears his name (Epistula Ammonis). Composed in response to a request from a certain Theophilus, likely the archbishop of Alexandria, the letter recounts Ammon’s conversion, entry into the monastic life, three-year tenure in the Pachomian monastery of Pbow, and subsequent move to the mountain of Nitria. The information on Ammon is, however, incidental to the letter’s primary focus on Theodore, the head of the Pachomian f…

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Goehring, James E., “Ammon”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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