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Peter Chrysologus
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Peter Chrysologus (c. 380–c. 450 CE), “the golden-worded,” was bishop of Ravenna, prominent during the first half of the 5th century CE. Born in nearby Imola and ostensibly spending most of his life in Ravenna, this churchman is mainly known to us through his extensive homiletic collection, which offers insight into the development of Latin theology and rhetoric, as well as a more general window into the 5th-century CE Ravennan society in which Chrysologus moved.


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Koperski, Andrew R., “Peter Chrysologus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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