St. Anthony the Great
The Patriach of All Monks, St. Anthony of Egypt, was born c. 251 in Koma,
Middle Egypt. Orphaned at 20, he gave his sister enough to live on and
gave the rest of his inheritance to the poor. He joined a monastery and
became a disciple of
Paul of Thebes. Anthony became a solitary at 35. On
Mt. Pispir, he suffered visions from the devil, which many artists have
attempted to represent. In 313, when Constantine issued the Edict of
Milan, Anthony moved to another mountain, where Dayr Mari Antonios still
stands. Anthony left the desert only once to travel to Alexandria to fight
Anthony gathered hermits into loose communities and was one of
the first to create guidelines for monastics. He died in 356.
Karen Rae Keck
- Sermo de vanitate mundi
(On the Vanity of the World).
- Sermones 1-20 ad monachos
(Twenty Sermons to the Monks).
- Epistolæ 1-7.
- Epistolæ 1-20.
- Epistola ad Theodorum.
- Regulæ et præcepta
(Rules and Precepts).
- Spiritualia Documenta.
- Sententiarum expositio
(Explanation of the Sentences).
PG 40:1093 & 1097.
- De moribus hominis et bona conversatione
(On the Morals of Man and Good Conduct).
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