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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 …

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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 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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