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Melania Senior
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Patron, teacher, gnōstikos, ascetic, aristocrat, pilgrim, scholar, mother, wife, loyal friend, estate manager, humble servant – Melania the Elder (c. 341–c. 410 CE) embodied all of these overlapping and at times contradictory roles during her extraordinary life. She was born in Spain in 340 or 341 CE into the gens Antonia, a wealthy, politically connected, aristocratic family. Her grandfather, Antonius Marcellinus, was consul in 341 CE, and her husband, whom most scholars identify as Valeri…

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Drake, Susanna, “Melania Senior”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002193>
First published online: 2019



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