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E00930: Evagrius of Antioch, writing in Antioch, Syria, c. 360-374, translates into Latin Athanasius' Greek Life of *Antony ('the Great, monk of Egypt, ob. 356, S00098).

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Athanasius of Alexandria, Life of Antony: Latin translation by Evagrius of Antioch (BHL 609)

The Life of Antony was translated into Latin by Evagrius of Antioch, a friend of Jerome of Stridon, who names him as the author of this translation in his On Illustrious Men (125). Evagrius wrote it between 356 (death of Antony and the earliest possible date of the composition of the Greek original of his Life by Athanasius) and 374 (death of Innocentius to whom the translation was dedicated). This version is much better from the literary point of view than the probably earlier anonymous translation (E00260). It was also much more popular, though this can be proven only for the later period, from which the manuscripts of the Latin version of the Life of Antony survive. There are about 170 manuscripts of Evagrius' translation and only one of the anonymous version (but the earliest manuscripts date back only to the 9th century).

Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Antony, 'the Great', monk of Egypt, ob. 356 : S00098

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Lives of saint


  • Latin

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Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Antioch on the Orontes

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Antioch on the Orontes Thabbora Thabbora

Major author/Major anonymous work

Athanasius of Alexandria (see also COPTIC)

Cult activities - Places

Burial site of a saint - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle during lifetime Punishing miracle Healing diseases and disabilities Other miracles with demons and demonic creatures Apparition, vision, dream, revelation Revelation of hidden knowledge (past, present and future)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops Ecclesiastics - monks/nuns/hermits Pagans Heretics Monarchs and their family

Cult Activities - Relics

Contact relic - other object closely associated with saint


The Latin Life faithfully follows the Greek original, with all the stories and miracles of Antony that are recorded there. For the summary of the content of the Life of Antony, see E00631.


Edition: Migne, J.P., Patrologia Graeca 26 (Paris, 1887), 833-976.

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