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Cyprian of Carthage
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(Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus; after 200 – Sep 14, 258; feast day: in the West orig. Sep 14, now Sep 16; also in the East; in Russia Aug 31) is known for his literary works, distinguished by their clear style and the ubiquitous prose rhythm, for the impact of measures he took as bishop of Carthage in connection with the Decian (Decius) persecution of Christians (I), in the ensuing conflict over whether to accept the lapsi, and in the heresy dispute with Rome (from 255). He is also known for the Vita of Pontius (“presumably the first full-fledged literary Christian biogra…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Cyprian of Carthage”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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