Hermit. Daniel was born at Maratha in Mesopotamia in 409. At the age of 12 he decided he wanted to join a monastery. The abbot consulted with his parents and admitted him to the community. Years later he visited St Simeon Stylite, who lived on top of a pillar, and received a blessing from him. Daniel stayed in the monastery until he was 42, but never forgot his meeting with St Simeon.
A Mosaic in the Basilica of San Marco Depicting St Simeon Stylites on His Column