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Theodorus the Hermit of Pachoras

VIII Century
Hermit who lived in a New Kingdom Egyptian tomb outside Faras in Nubia. Nothing is known about his life except that he recarved the walls of the pagan tomb with extraordinary Christian inscriptions, to which he signed his name and a date equivalent to 739. The inscriptions include lists of saints, the text of the Letter of Abgar, apophthegmata of Desert Fathers (most of them unattested elsewhere), and even the Latin Sator Arepo palindrome.

Under construction --- far from complete! Read with caution.


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