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Basil, the great Trinitarian, is also the father of Eastern monasticism. Inspired by his sister Macrina, who founded the first monastery for women, he went to Egypt to study the anchorites or solitary monks, then returned to Cappodocia and founded the first monastery for men. With Gregory of Nazianzus, he compiled the “Longer and Shorter Rules,” transforming the anchorite movement into disciplined communities. (iconographer unknown)

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