Apophthegmata Patrum

Also known as

  • Maxims of the Fathers


Name given to various collections of aphorisms and anecdotes illustrative of the spiritual life, of ascetic and monastic principles, and of Christian ethics; attributed to the more prominent hermits and monks who dwelt in the Egyptian deserts in the 4th century.

MLA Citation

  • “Apophthegmata Patrum”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2019. Web. 25 February 2021. <>