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St ANTHONY-OF-THEBES

Christian Saint

Also known as ANTHONY-THE-GREAT

Egyptian hermit who founded a desert-dwelling community of ascetics near Fayum by the Red Sea.

He was born to a wealthy inheritance with rich Christian parents. But all the comforts of a rich and sumptuous lifestyle just made him want to rebel.

So he gave his fortune away, sent his sister to a nunnery, did various goodly deeds and went to live with a hermit.

His actions impressed a great many people and helped to popularize early monasticism. Unfortunately he was so virtuous that he began to worry about being too virtuous and falling into the sin of pride.

This spiritual dilemma proved too complicated and so he retired to a mountain cave with no forwarding address.

St ANTHONY-OF-THEBES FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ANTHONY-OF-THEBES
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : saint
In charge of :
Celebration or Feast Day : January 17th
Birth and Death Dates : 250-340
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ANTHONY-THE-GREAT
Popularity index : 73
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Article last updated on 12 February 2009 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "ANTHONY-OF-THEBES: Saint from Christian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 12 Feb. 2009. Web. 23 August 2014.

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