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Macrina, the Younger
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(c. 327, Neocaesarea – 379, Annisi) was the eldest daughter of a wealthy Christian family from Cappadocia. She was named after her grandmother, Macrina the Elder, who introduced her family to the teachings of Gregory Thaumaturgus. After the death of her fiancé, an advocate, Macrina remained unmarried. She founded and was the head of a monastic community of women (Monasticism: III) on her family's estate near Annisi from the 350s onward and never left it for the rest of her life. In the hour of her death, she is said to have consoled her brother Gregory of Nyssa with a philoso…

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Zachhuber, Johannes, “Macrina, the Younger”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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