was Born in 251, at Coma in Upper Egypt, Anthony was the only son of his wealthy Christian parents. Because of the pagan influence in the city, he was educated at home. A short time before his twentieth birthday, his parents died, and Anthony inherited their large estate, their money, and the responsibility of caring for his young sister. One day while he was in church, about six months after the death of his parents, he heard the words of Christ spoke to the rich young man: "If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what you hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and cone, follow me" (Matt. 19:21) Anthony took this command literally, and gave the greater part of his land to his neighbors.