Mountain of Nitria

Amoun (?-Ca. 350)

AMOUN (?-ca. 350) A Saint, ascetic. He is the founder of anchoritism in Nitria. Amoun was an Egyptian orphan who was brought up and forced to marry by his uncle. However, he and his wife lived celibately for 18 years. Around 330, Amoun retired to the mountain of Nitria. He soon attracted many followers and …

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NITRIA It is one of the earliest monastic habitations in Egypt. The site is called by Greek and Latin writers Nitria or the mountain of Nitria. It has been confused with Kellia and Scetis and was correctly identified by Hugh G. Evelyn White as Gabal al-Barnoug, where the present village of al-Barnoug stands at the …

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