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Nitria

Index: Los teólogos, El Aleph, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 553.
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ancient monastery in the Wadi Natron in Egypt

Fishburn and Hughes: An ancient valley in Libya near the Nile delta where flourished the cult of Serapis to whom sheep were sacrificed. In the fourth century a Christian monastery was founded in Nitria by Amun (c.320). Its monks lived in clusters of windowless cells and practised extreme asceticism. In 399 Amun and three other monks, who became known as the Tall Brothers, left the monastery for Alexandria to support the movement started by Origen and from there proceeded to Constantinople to defend his ideas. The Theologians