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Ambrose (Friend of Origen)
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Ambrose flourished in the first half of the 3rd century CE. Our knowledge of him is based exclusively on the reports of others. Only one fragment of Ambrose’s letters survives.


From Origen we learn that Ambrose had a number of siblings, that he was married to Marcella, and that the couple had children (Or. Ep. Afr. 24; Or. Mart. 37). Ambrose was wealthy, owning multiple houses and several tracts of land (Or. Mart. 14–17). In language evocative of political position, Origen…

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Martens, Peter, “Ambrose (Friend of Origen)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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