- Profession: Monk
- Lived: March 480–547 (Early Medieval)
- Nationality: Italian
- Known for: Founder of organized Christian monasticism, author of the Rule of Benedict
- Fun Fact: There is only one ancient biography of Benedict of Nursia, Pope Gregory I's "Dialogues."
- Fun Fact: Benedict of Nursia could have become a Roman noble instead of a monk.
- Fun Fact:
Benedict of Nursia is believed to have been born in 480 and was the son of a Roman noble. Benedict had to opportunity to become a Roman noble but was dissatisfied with Roman life. He left the city when he was around 20 years old and only took his old nurse with him. When Benedict performed his first miracle, he gained fame throughout the area, but he did not want to be surrounded by so many people. He fled without even the nurse. He spent three years in solitude before he was asked to become the abbot of a local monastery, but the monks attempted to poison him. After a few attempts on his life, he left the area entirely and went on to found 12 separate monasteries before his death. He was buried beside his twin sister.