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Headword: Amous
Adler number: alpha,1632
Translated headword: Amous, Amoun
Vetting Status: high
An Egyptian. As a young man he was averse to marriage; but when some of his relatives encouraged him not to condemn marriage, but to take a wife, he complied and entered into a marriage. Giving the virgin much exhortation, he persuaded her to give up the secular life before they had sexual intercourse. Having made this renunciation, they both retired to Mount Nitria[1] and for a short time lived the ascetic life together on their own. Antony saw the soul of this Amoun being taken up to heaven.[2] He never saw himself naked, saying that it was improper for a monk to see even his own body naked. There was also another monk, Didymus, who lived for 90 years, and did not spend time with any other human being until his death.
Greek Original:
Amous: Aiguptios: houtos neos ôn parêiteito ton gamon. hôs de tines tôn prosêkontôn parêinoun mê kathubrizein ton gamon, alla gunaika agesthai, peithetai kai erchetai epi gamon. kai polla parainesas tên parthenon peithei autên pro tou sunelthein apotaxasthai tôi biôi tôi kosmikôi. kai apotaxamenoi amphô epi to oros tês Nitrias chôrousi kai brachun chronon sunaskountes idiai tên askêsin epoiêsanto. toutou tou Amoun tên psuchên analambanomenên ho Antônios etheasato. houtos pote heauton gumnon ouk etheasato legôn, aprepes einai tôi monachôi kai to heautou sôma gumnon theasasthai. egeneto de kai Didumos allos monachos, hos ennenêkonta etê bious oudeni anthrôpôn sunemeinen achri tês teleutês.
From Socrates, Ecclesiastical History 4.23 (web address 1), though the name there is Ammoun. (In the Suda mss it varies between Amioun and Amous, the latter printed by Adler.)
See also chi 591.
[1] nu 434. In the Egyptian desert; became an important center of anchorite monasticism.
[2] Athanasius, Life of Antony 60: web address 2.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; Christianity; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; religion; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 16 November 1999@14:23:59.
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