ARSENIUS (Saint) Confessor (July 19) (5th century) Sprung from a rich and noble Roman family, his abilities and love of work soon placed him in the forefront of the learned men of his age. The Emperor Theodosius chose him as tutor of his two sons, the future Emperors Arcadius and Honorius. Declining the honours which were offered to him he bade farewell to the world and retired to the desert of Nitria in Lower Egypt. There, on account of his continuous prayer and severe fasting, he became an object of wonder even to his fellow hermits. Later he changed his residence to a cell in the neighbourhood of Memphis, where he died in his ninety-fifth year (A.D. 450).