Saint Arsenius
Historical Figure
Nationality: Roman Empire
Date of Birth: 350 CE
Date of Death: 445 CE
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Christianity
Occupation: Author of Non-Fiction, Clergyman, Educator
Fictional Appearances:
Agent of Byzantium
POD: c. 597 CE
Appearance(s): "Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire"
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Saint Arsenius of Scetis and Turah was a Roman imperial tutor who became an anchorite in Egypt, one of the most highly regarded of the Desert Fathers, whose teachings were greatly influential on the development of asceticism and the contemplative life.

His contemporaries so admired him as to surname him "the Great". His feast day is celebrated on 8 May in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and on 13 Pashons in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Saint Arsenius in Agent of Byzantium[]

St. Arsenios remained a popular Egyptian saint in the 14th century. His feast day was celebrated with a grand parade attended by a crowd of Alexandrians. Basil Argyros, while visiting Alexandria on business in 1309, wondered what the solitary hermit Arsenios would have made of a large, noisy parade to celebrate his memory.[1]


  1. See e.g. Departures, pgs. 122-123.