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Hilarion of Gaza, Saint
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(291–371), was a Palestinian monk, whose life is described by Jerome in the Vita Hilarionis (=VH; c. 390). According to this, Hilarion, who had acquired a philosophical education in Alexandria, was converted and became a student of Anthony, then settled in nearby Gaza as a hermit and performed miracles; he became the founder of Palestinian monastic life. After the death of Anthony (356) Hilarion fled from fame, sought solitude, and embarked on many years of peregrination; this led him to Cyprus, where he died. A devo…

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Holze, Heinrich, “Hilarion of Gaza, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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