Makarios the Great

   Egyptian desert saint (ca. 300-ca. 390) who helped to establish Egyptian monasticism (q.v.). Sketis, a monastery he founded around 330, was one of the chief centers of monasticism in Egypt (q.v.). Makarios opposed Arianism (q.v.), and he professed never to have spat since his baptism (a feat of asceticism [q.v.], presumably).

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