Athanasius of Alexandria  

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Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 293 – May 2, 373) was a theologian, Bishop of Alexandria, Church Father, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century. His Life of Anthony was translated into several languages and played an important role in the spreading of the ascetic ideal in Eastern and Western Christianity.

Life of Antony

Arguably his most read work is his biography of Anthony the Great entitled Vita Antonii, or Life of Antony. This biography depicts Anthony as an illiterate and holy man who through his existence in a primordial landscape has an absolute connection to the divine truth, which always is synonymous with that of Athanasius as the biographer. It later served as an inspiration to Christian monastics in both the East and the West.

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