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Anthony, Saint
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(“the Great”; c. 251-356), an Egyptian saint and father of monasticism. According to his biography, he was from a wealthy Christian family from the Arsinoe region in Upper Egypt. At the age of 20, he sold his estate and gradually withdrew into the desert between the Nile and the Red Sea whence he maintained contact with his disciples on the Nile and in the eastern desert. He is said to have twice visited Alexandria and to have had close relationships with Athanasius, Serapion of Thmuis and Didymus (the Blind). Athanasius's Vita Antonii, probably one of the most read and…

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Rubenson, Samuel, “Anthony, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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