Anthony was born around AD 251 in Herakleopolis, near the oasis of Faiyum, about 84 miles (135 km) south of
While living alone in the desert, Anthony had to fight temptations as different as bitter boredom and lustful thoughts. In the end he overcame them through prayer.
When Anthony was about 30 years old, he moved to a mountain near his old hometown and lived there for 20 years. Again he faced temptations but conquered them through the grace of God. He lived in one room of an abandoned Roman fort. Local villagers brought food and gave it to him through a small hole in a wall. He in turn offered them a few words of wisdom.
In 311, at about the age of 50, Anthony traveled to
First he returned to his room in the abandoned Roman fort near his hometown. Soon, however, he traveled east and chose to live at a spring he found in the mountains near the
Around 360, a man named Athanasius, the leading Christian in
Today St. Anthony’s is the largest monastery in
Christians of Coptic and
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