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Cyprian of Antioch
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The story of Cyprian and Justina is preserved in three books: Conversio, Confessio (before 379), and Martyrium (before 460). The magician Cyprian is to force the love of the Christian Justina. Through prayer and the sign of the cross Justina wards off the love magic and demons, demonstrates their impotence and so succeeds in converting Cyprian. According to the Conversio, Cyprian became bishop of Antioch and Justina a deaconess. In the Confessio, Cyprian looks back on his initiation into the mysteries, his years of instruction, and his journeys. Gregory of Nazianzus ad…

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Bergjan, Silke-Petra, “Cyprian of Antioch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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