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Sister of Ambrosius, bishop of Milan; lived with her widowed mother in her parents' home in Rome even after she was consecrated as a nun by pope Liberius [1] (352-66) on the sixth of January in an unknown year. Ambrose dedicated his treatise De Virginibus (‘On Virgins; begun on 21 January 376) to M.; his letters 20 (April 386), 22 (June 386) and 41 (end of 388) are addressed to her (and through her to the Christians in Rome). M. was an important informant for Ambrose's biographer Paulinus. M. died soon after Ambrose (died 397). She is presumably identical with the M…

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Letsch-Brunner, Silvia (Zürich), “Marcellina”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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