Antony the Great

   Saint and a founder of eremetical monasticism (qq.v.). He lived for over 90 years as a hermit, and died at the age of 105 in 356. According to his biography (vita [q.v.]), ascribed to Athanasios (q.v.), bishop of Alexandria (qq.v.), Antony provided Athanasios with help against the Arians (q.v.). Whether this is true or not, there can be no doubt about the broad influence of the biography. For example, it made a deep impact on Augustine (q.v.) and his group of friends when they chanced to read it (the Confessions, Book Seven, Chapter Six).

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