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Macarius of Egypt (Saint)
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(also Macarius the Great; c. 300, in Upper Egypt – c. 390, in the Scetic Desert). Details of his life are mostly recorded by Palladius of Helenopolis (Historia Lausiaca, 17) and the Historia Monachorum in Aegypto (ch. 21). Genuine statements by Macarius himself are only preserved in the Apophthegmata Patrum ; Gennadius of Marseille (Vir. ill. 10) mentions a letter entitled Ad iuniores professionis suae which is possibly extant (CPG 2415, 1). From about 330 onward, Macarius became the father of asceticism (IV) in the Scetic Desert (Wadi Natrun); he was ordained…

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Fitschen, Klaus, “Macarius of Egypt (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13440>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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