Collectio Monastica

Saint John Colobos

SAINT JOHN COLOBOS Coptic Tradition John Colobos, the Little or the Dwarf (fourth and fifth centuries), is one of the most striking figures among the desert fathers. He is known principally from the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM and from a Life in the form of a panegyric composed by Zacharias, the bishop of Sakha, at the end …

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Saint Theodorus Of Pherme

SAINT THEODORUS OF PHERME An anchorite of the fourth-fifth century. Several persons named Theodorus are mentioned in the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM, but the only one of whom much is said is the Theodorus customarily described as “of Pherme” because he lived there for the greater part of his life. He had been a monk at Scetis …

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Zacharias Of Scetis

ZACHARIAS OF SCETIS (fourteenth century) The son of Carion, who must not be confused with his namesake, the disciple of SILVANUS OF SCETIS, who followed his master into Sinai and the region of Gaza. Carion had left his wife and two children, a boy and a girl, to come to Scetis and be a monk. …

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Ethiopian Monasticism

ETHIOPIAN MONASTICISM Perhaps the most important aspect of Ethiopian Christianity is its monasticism. Introduced into the country probably at the time when Christianity itself was first preached, its centers, the monasteries, have set the rule of conduct for the domestic and foreign policy of the Christian kingdom up to the twentieth century. The monks were …

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Isidorus Of Scetis, Saint

ISIDORUS OF SCETIS, SAINT A fourth-century monk and priest. The alphabetical collection of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM devotes two distinct chapters to Isidorus and to Isidorus the priest, but apart from some extracts from ISIDORUS OF PELUSIUM, it appears that all the items relate to the same person: Isidorus “the great,” priest of Scetis, of whom …

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Agathon, Saint

AGATHON, SAINT Fourth-fifth century anchorite. The different collections of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM include about fifty items in which an Abba Agathon appears, but it is justifiable to doubt whether they all concern the same person, for in a collection preserved in Ethiopic he is designated “Agathon the Great” (Collectio Monastica 13, 98; 14, 45) and …

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