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38 – The First Monk of the World

November 9, 2017

We introduce Christian monasticism into our narrative, by looking at the so-called first monk, Antony of Egypt…

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Greek Icon of Antony

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Coptic Icon of Antony

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The Temptation of Saint Antony – Schongauer

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The Temptation of St. Antony – Michelangelo

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Map of Monastic Egypt from The Lives of the Desert Fathers – Ward and Russell

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  1. It does seem improbable that a rich man in urban Egypt wouldn’t have gained at least a passing familiarity with Greek philosophy. The paideia wasn’t fully established yet as a training for imperial service, but the value of Greek literary education for one’s civic future was well recognized by then.

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