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Evagrius Ponticus
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(c. 345–399), Greek monk and theological author. Born in Pontus, Evagrius was a student of Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus and deacon in Constantinople around 381. After a short stay in the monastery of Melanie the Elder he settled in Nitria in the Egyptian desert. There he became a disciple of Macarius of Egypt and joined a small group of monks influenced by Origen, eventually becoming their leader. Through correspondence he kept contact with Melania, Gregory, and John of Jerusalem. When he died in early 399 he left behind a large col…

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Rubenson, Samuel, “Evagrius Ponticus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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