A fourth-century anchorite. Around the year 320, Amun became the first monk to settle in the desert of NITRIA. Orphaned early, he had been obliged to marry by an uncle, but lived with his wife in total for eighteen years. After becoming a monk, he was in touch with Saint ANTONY, who advised him about the establishment of a new monastic center in the desert of KELLIA ( 65, col. 85). Amun died some time before Antony, who, from a distance, saw his carried up to heaven. The collections of apothegms that come especially from the communities of SCETIS have only a few items relating to Amun.


  • Athanasius. Vita S. Antonii 60. 26, col. 929. Paris, 1857.
  • Chitty, D. J. The Desert a City, pp. 11, 29, 32. Oxford, 1966. Cotelier, J. B., ed. Apophthegmata Patrum. 65, p. 128. Paris, 1864.
  • Evelyn-White, H. G. The Monasteries of the Wadi’n Natrun, Pt. 2, The of the and Scetis. New York, 1932.
  • Festugière, A.-J., ed. in Aegypto, pp. 128-30. Brussels, 1971.