Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. IV:
Early Church Fathers
Life of Antony. (Vita Antoni.): Prologue.
p. 194 Life of Antony.
Table of Contents.
§§1, 2. Birth and beginnings of Antony.
§§3, 4. His early ascetic life.
§§5, 6. Early conflicts with the devil.
§7. Details of his life at this time (271–285?)
§§8–10. His life in the tombs, and combats with demons there.
§11. He goes to the desert and overcomes temptations on the way.
§§12, 13. How Antony took up his abode in a ruined fort across the Nile, and how he defeated the demons. His twenty years sojourn there.
§§14, 15. How he left the fort, and how monasticism began to flourish in Egypt. Antony its leader.
§§16–43. His address to monks, rendered from Coptic, exhorting them to perseverance, and encouraging them against the wiles of Satan.
§44. The growth of the monastic life at this time (about A.D. 305).
§45. How Antony renewed his ascetic endeavours at this time.
§46. How he sought martyrdom at Alexandria during the Persecution (311).
§47. How he lived at this time.
§48. How he delivered a woman from an evil spirit.
§§49, 50. How at this time he betook himself to his inner mountain.
§§51–53. How he there combated the demons.
§54. Of the miraculous spring, and how he edified the monks of the outer mountain, and of Antonys sister.
§§55, 56. How humanely he counselled those who resorted to him.
§57. Of the case of Fronto, healed by faith and prayer.
§58. Of a certain virgin, and of Paphnutius the confessor.
§59. Of the two brethren, and how one perished of thirst.
§60. Of the death of Amun, and Antonys vision thereof.
§61, 62. Of Count Archelaus and the virgin Polycration.
§§63, 64. Strange tales of the casting out of demons.
§65. Of Antonys vision concerning the forgiveness of his sins.
§66. Of the passage of souls, and how some were hindered of Satan.
§67. How Antony reverenced all ordained persons.
§68. How he rejected the schism of Meletius and the heresies of Manes and Arius.
§69. How he confuted the Arians.
§§70, 71. How he visited Alexandria, and healed and converted many, and how Athanasius escorted him from the city.
§§72–79. How he reasoned with divers Greeks and philosophers at the outer mountain.
§80. How he confuted the philosophers by healing certain vexed with demons.
§81. How the Emperors wrote to Antony, and of his answer.
§82. How he saw in a vision the present doings of the Arians.
§§83, 84. That his healings were done by Christ alone, through prayer.
§85. How wisely he answered a certain duke.
§86. Of the Duke Balacius, and how, warned by Antony, he met with a miserable end.
§87. How he bore the infirmities of the weak, and of his great benefits to all Egypt.
§88. Of his discernment, and how he was a counsellor to all.
§§89, 90. How, when now 105 years old, he counselled the monks, and gave advice concerning burial.
§91. Of his sickness and his last will.
§92. Of Antonys death.
§93. How Antony remained hale until his death, and how the fame of him filled all the world.
§94. The end.
[Antonys answers to a philosopher, and to Didymus, are given by Socrates IV. 23, 25: the following is from Hanmers translation of Socr. I. 21: “The same time lived Antony the monk in the deserts of Ægypt. But inasmuch as Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, hath lately set forth in a several volume, intituled of his life, his manners and converasiton, how openly he buckled with divils, how he over-reached their slights and subtle combats, and wrought many marvellous and strange miracles, I think it superfluous on my part to intreat thereof.]
For the translation of the text I am indebted to my friend and colleague the Rev. H. Ellershaw, jun.