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St. Onophrius of the Desert

There are many variant spellings.

The life of St. Onouphrius is known only from the account of his disciple, Paphnutius, who encountered him in the Egyptian desert. Onouphrius (fl. IV Century) became a monk at a cenobitic monastery near Thebes, which he left to lead an eremitic life. For 60-70 years, Onouphrius lived alone in the desert and wore only his hair and a loincloth of leaves. He was a popular subject in Western Mediæval art.

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