Saint Ambrose

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  • Andrew Selby (Baylor University )

Ambrose was one of the most important thinkers of early Christianity. As Bishop of Milan and a major proponent of pro-Nicene theology, he shaped Christian theology for centuries to come and is especially notable as the one who baptized Augustine of Hippo and instructed him in Christian doctrine.

Probably belonging to an aristocratic family, Ambrose was born in Trier in 333 or 334 and grew up in Rome. His extensive knowledge of Greek and his command of both Latin prose and poetry belie a first rate education. Upon reaching maturity Ambrose embraced Christianity following the example of his sisters. He embarked on a career as a lawyer and politician, rising to one of the most prominent governorships – of Aemilia Liguria – in …

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Selby, Andrew. "Saint Ambrose". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 January 2012
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