This article examines possible literary sources underlying the Greek Historia monachorum in Aegypto, which was composed anonymously in the last decade of the fourth century, and argues that the Life of Antony, which Athanasius had released some forty years earlier, exercised a demonstrable influence over it.
See e.g. Rufinusapol. c. Hier. 2.8. His rebukes of Jerome notwithstanding Rufinus was a classically trained and accomplished vir litteratus in his own right. For his literary activities see G. Fedalto “Rufino di Concordia: Elementi di una biografia” in Storia ed esegesi in Rufino di Concordia (Udine 1992) 19-44; F.X. Murphy Rufinus of Aquileia: His Life and Works (Washington DC 1945).