d. c.348. Ascetic. A native Egyptian Christian, he began semi-eremitic asceticism about 325 at Nitria in the Wadi Natron, where his followers traded niter. Out of sight or sound of one another during the week, his hermits met for worship both on the Sabbath and on the Lord's Day, according to Egyptian custom, at a central church governed by a disciplinary “Sanhedrin.” His example inspired Macarius of Scete and was admired by Antony.