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Simplician of Milan
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Born around the year 325 CE, Simplician had, according to the testimony of Augustine of Hippo, lived a life entirely dedicated to God since his youth (Aug. Conf. 8.1.1), a formulation that could also be interpreted as meaning that he had already been ordained as a presbyter at an early age. From 340 to 365 CE, he lived in Rome, where he gave advice and support to the famous rhetorician Victorinus, a leading representative of the so-called Latin Neoplatonism, on the latter’s path to conversion. These were the years in which the very young Ambrose of Milan was also present in Rome, and it is…

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Navoni, Marco, “Simplician of Milan”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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