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Paulinus of Milan
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(4th/5th cent.). Paulinus was a deacon and secretary of Ambrose before he went to North Africa as administrator of church property. There he wrote a Vita Sancti Ambrosi in 422 (or earlier, in 412/413) at the suggestion of Augustine, taking as his model the lives of the famous monks Anthony, Paul, and Martin. In line with hagiographical conventions, he gave much space to miraculous episodes, but as an eye-witness at least of Ambrose’s last years, and supported by documents from the Milan archive and reports from Ambrose’s sister,…

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Zelzer, Michaela, “Paulinus of Milan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024412>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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