He was head of the law school
But he felt the money and fame threatening his spiritual life, so he gave it all away, went into the desert and became a monk.
He was joined by his friend and schoolmate Gregory and many others.
Both he and Gregory would become famous bishops who fought hard to defend the truth of Christ.
Basil would found many monasteries and become known as the Father of Eastern Monasticism.
Today the Church celebrates the memory of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzen: 4th century bishops and venerated as Fathers of the Church.
(from a previous post)