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was the name of several early Christians:

1. An aged bishop of Nilus, who fled from the Decian persecution to the Arabian mountains with his wife and was never heard of more (Euseb. H. E. 6:42).

2. A deacon of Alexandria, who accompanied Dionysius, when he came before Aemilian in the time of Valerian. He is commemorated along with him, on Oct. 4, in the Menology of Basil, and is represented as surviving Backwards till the time of Decius, when he was beaten to death. The rest of the legend seems to belong rather to Eusebius ( H.E. 7: 11).

3. Saint, a recluse, who probably lived in the 4th or 5th century, or in both, as he died at the age of' one hundred years, the greater part of which he spent in seclusion in the wilderness of Mount Scete, in Libya. The memory of this saint is chiefly confined to the Greeks, who commend him as a pattern of patient labor. There is a short chapter on him in Palladius ( Hist. Lausiaca, 92, 765; Patrol. Lt. 73, 1186). The Bollandists cite Petrus de Natalibus (11, 57), who calls the recluse Theremon, and says he was so bent with age and prayer that he crawled on the ground like an infant. He is commemorated on Aug. 16, in the Acta Sanctorum of the Bollandists.