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Cyrillona (fl. late 4th cent. CE) was a Syriac homilist and poet known to us only through five works preserved in a single early manuscript (BL Add. 14,591; 6th cent. CE). From a crucial description of contemporary travails, including an invasion of the Huns in 395 CE, it appears that Cyrillona lived in Roman Mesopotamia or Syria around the turn of the 5th century CE. Some have speculated that Cyrillona was in fact Absamya, a nephew of Ephrem the Syrian, who is also reported to have written on the Huns, but this is highly doubtful. The manusc…

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Griffin, Carl, “Cyrillona”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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