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Title: Did Athanasius know Antony?
Author(s): BARNARD, L.W.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 24    Date: 1993   
Pages: 139-149
DOI: 10.2143/AS.24.0.2005863

Abstract :
The fact that the Vita Antonii is ascribed to Athanasius as author by more than 160 manuscripts of the Greek version1, as well as by the literal Latin translation of Evagrius and by the later Coptic translation of the Greek Vita has led to the assumption that the archbishop of Alexandria wrote the work some time after the death of Antony in AD 356. Moreover, the belief that Athanasius had earlier met Antony in Alexandria is then based on the alleged ‘Athanasian signature’ in Vita Ant. 71.1.

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