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St. Sisoes the Great

IV/V Centuries
Once as influential as his friend Anthony of Egypt, St. Sisoes was an Egyptian who became a solitary at Sketis while a young man. When St. Anthony died, Sisoes left the community to live on St. Anthony's Mountain, which was then deserted. He was known for his patience with and tenderness toward his disciples. Ill health took him to Clysma on the Red Sea briefly; he died on the mountain c. 429, after having lived there over 60 years. His sayings are included in the apothegmata of the Desert Fathers.

Karen Rae Keck


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