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John of Lycopolis (Saint)
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(c. 305, Lycopolis, Assiut – c. 394/395, Lycopolis). John withdrew to a grotto near Mount Lycos (close to his home town) as a 40-year-old and lived there as a hermit. On the basis of the miracles and prophecies attributed to him, he was widely referred to in monastic literature. The grotto became an attractive destination for many pilgrims. Syriac texts speak of an author by the same name.


Works: BHG 2189f.; BHO 514f.; BHL 4329

W. Till, Koptische Heiligen- und Märtyrerlegenden, OCA 102, 1935, 138–154

P. Peeters, “Une vie copte de St. Jean …

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Tamcke, Martin, “John of Lycopolis (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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