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Ambrose of Milan
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Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) was born into a Christian family in Trier in about 340 CE (Visonà, 2004, 215–220), the son of Ambrosius, the praetorian prefect of Gaul (Gallia Narbonensis). After the death of his father, he went to Rome with his mother and two siblings, Marcellina and Satyrus, where he received a classical Roman education (Somenzi, 2009). His praise of his brother’s education may reveal something about the education that he also received (Ambr. Exc. 49 and…

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Fitzgerald, Allan, “Ambrose of Milan”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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