St. Anthony of Egypt

St. Anthony of Egypt, a Christian monk from circa 286 CE to 305 lived alone on the mountain Pispir (now called Dayr al-Maymun) in the Egyptian desert, becoming the first Christian hermit and the first Desert Fathers. The demonic temptations he withstood later became the subject of much Christian art. Christians who followed his example were later organized into loose communities, earning him the title of founder of Christian monasticism.

      286 CE

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