The Desert Fathers What is within these pages are the words, thoughts and lives of some of the greatest men and women who left everything in the known world to find their calling within the desert. During the fall of the Roman Empire, (300-500 A.D.) there was also a migration of all walks of life and country leaving what was then the mightiest known empire, who had bestowed upon its citizens all that they could hope for. From the caves and towers comes the likes of St Anthanius, St. Anthony, John Climacus, Paul the Hermit, Abbot Serinus, just to name a few. These men have helped shape our understanding of God and how to approach Him. This indeed is a well-documented work showcasing their insight of both the hearts and thoughts of humanity as we come to struggle and deal with our weaknesses.