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Melania Junior
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Melania Junior (385–439 CE) was a Roman of senatorial rank, known for her charity and for founding a monastery in Jerusalem. She was born around 385 CE to Valerius Publicola and Albina, the daughter of the prefect of Rome (Clark, 1984, 84). Melania married Pinianus, a wealthy Roman of senatorial rank, but the couple soon decided to live as ascetics and dissolved their fortune through charity. During the siege of Rome in 407 CE, the couple fled and settled…

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Platte, Elizabeth, “Melania Junior”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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