Alongside the rise of Christianity under the reign of Constantine also comes the rise of semi-eremetical monasticism under the examples of Amun/Ammon, founder of the communities of Nitria and Kellia, and Macarius the Great, founder of the community of Scetis. The Desert Fathers provide examples of Christian living and play important roles in Roman society.
Lucian Regnault, “The Day to Day Life of the Desert Fathers in Fourth Century Egypt”
Hugh G. Evelyn White, “The Monasteries of Wadi ‘N Natrun”
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