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a site in upper Egypt, on the right bank of the Nile, near Dendera, halfway between Pbow and Chenoboskion, find-spot of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic manuscripts. Circa 320–25 Pachomios founded a cenobitic monastery near the deserted village of Tabennisi; gradually a large community of Pachomian monasteries developed in the area, owning and working farmland and paying taxes to the government (E. Wipszycka in Le monde grec: Hommages à Claire Préaux [Brussels 1975] 625–36). The original house at Tabennisi remained, along with the basilica at Pbow, one of the two centers where Pachomian monastic superiors gathered for their annual meetings. It apparently survived until the 7th C.

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