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Historia monachorum
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Historia monachorum in Ægypto, “An Investigation of the Monks in Egypt,” tells how seven brothers from the monastery associated with Rufinus of Aquileia and Melania the Elder (Melania Senior) on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem traveled up the Nile as far as conditions would then permit (to Lycopolis, now Asyut), then made their way down to the coastal region during the winter months of 394–395 CE, visiting ascetics and monastic communities on their way. …

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Wortley (†), John, “Historia monachorum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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