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Theodoret of Cyrrhus
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Theodoret was born in Antioch in 393 CE (Thdt. Ep. 13; SC 40) to well-to-do Christian parents in close contact with the local hermits. In the 440s CE he wrote a history of Syrian monasticism, including a detailed account portraying him as an ideal child predestined for clerical office. The claim that his mother miraculously gave birth to this longed-for child thanks to the prayers of the hermit Macedonius (Thdt. Hist. rel. 13.16; SC 234) has to be understood as an attempt to legitimize Theodoret’s posi…

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Bergjan, Silke-Petra, “Theodoret of Cyrrhus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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