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Epiphanius of Salamis
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According to the ecclesiastical historian Sozomen (c. 400–450 CE), Epiphanius (c. 315–403 CE) was born in Besanduc, a village in Palestine, near Eleutheropolis. Born in the early 4th century, circa 315 CE (the precise date of his birth remains unknown), Epiphanius spent his youth in Egypt. It seems his parents sent him to Egypt to receive an education. Our knowledge of his education comes, again, from Sozomen, who emphasizes only that Epiphanius was

instructed from his youth by the most celebrated ascetics, and having on this account passed most of his time in Egypt…

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Berzon, Todd S., “Epiphanius of Salamis”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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