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Likewise, did Athanasius really mean that Anthony lived only off bread and salt while he was Beginnings – who were the ﬁrst monks? 27 holed up in an abandoned fortress in the desert? Are we really to believe that Onuphrios, the solitary monk in the Sinai peninsula, lived solely off the dates that fell, twelve large bunches a year, from his date palm? 3 These are the fundamental questions that historians have to resolve whatever the source or period they are studying. Contemporary accounts have to be understood not as objective reports of ‘what actually happened’, but as opinions and commentaries by observers on ‘what was going on’.
The length of time this will take will vary depending on the quantity and the varieties of leaves in your pot. Add salt and the crushed mixture in your mortar. Eat with ﬂat bread, or thicken with boiled tree bark [see Chapter 3]. what they ﬁnd growing around them in the wild. Writing in about AD 425, the historian Sozomen mentioned hermits taking sickles up to the mountains so that they could cut themselves plants for food, like animals at pasture. ‘These monks of Syria were called boschoi when they ﬁrst embarked on the philosophic life, because they had no dwellings, ate neither bread nor meat, and drank no wine .
8 But in the semi-desert of Syria and Palestine it was always possible to ﬁnd wild roots like melagria, or a variety of edible leaves. Thus, when Euthymius and Theoctistus ﬁrst settled in a cave in the Judaean desert, they fed off the plants that happened to grow there. Later, in retreat from their coenobium near the Dead Sea, Euthymius resorted once again to eating meloa, a shrubby plant that grows commonly near river banks in the region. Sabas, when he settled in his cave in the wadi Kidron, was joined by other solitaries and grazers, according to Cyril of Scythopolis.