a MONK of Nitria, a town of Egypt, to the west of the Canopic branch of the Nile, was one of the "four tall brothers" banished by Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria, for defending the opinions of Origen. at the beginning of the fifth century, A. D.
The three others were Dioscurus, Ammonius, and Euthymius. They fled to Constantinople, where they were kindly received by Chrysostom, and have obtained a place in ecclesiastical history, from the fact that his protecting them was made a pretext for his deposition.
There seems no doubt that they were men of real piety. (Sozomen. 6.30; Neander, Kirchengesch.
vol. ii. p. 1436.) [CHRYSOSTOMUS, JOANNES; EPIPHANIUS.]