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Death: 380

Syrian abbot. The son of a Senator from Zeugma, Syria, he gave away all of his wealth and possessions to the poor and became a hermit. Joined by so many other hermits that they were organized into a community, Publius was elected abbot, creating a strict rule for the monks and requiring of them a stem life of austerity. The community was later divided into two groups, one of Greeks and another of Syrians.


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