Ambrose of Alexandria

related topics
{son, year, death}
{church, century, christian}
{god, call, give}
{work, book, publish}
{school, student, university}

Ambrose of Alexandria (before 212 – c. 250) was a friend of the Christian theologian Origen. Ambrose was attracted by Origen's fame as a teacher, and visited the Catechetical School of Alexandria in 212. At first a gnostic Valentinian and Marcionist, Ambrose, through Origen's teaching, eventually rejected this theology and became Origen's constant companion,[1] and was ordained deacon.[2][3] He plied Origen with questions, and urged him to write his Commentaries (ἐργοδιώκτης) on the books of the Bible, and, as a wealthy nobleman and courtier,[4] he provided his teacher with books for his studies and secretaries to lighten the labor of composition.[5]

He suffered during the persecution under the Roman emperor Maximinus Thrax in 235.[6] He was later released and died a confessor.[7] The last mention of Ambrose in the historical record is in Origen's Contra Celsum, which the latter wrote at the solicitation of Ambrose.

Origen often speaks of Ambrose in affectionately as a man of education with excellent literary and scholarly tastes. All of Origen's works written after 218 are dedicated to Ambrose, including his On Martyrdom, Contra Celsum, Commentary on St. John's Gospel, and On Prayer.[4] Ambrose's letters to Origen (praised by Jerome) are lost, although part of one exists.[8]

Veneration

Ambrose is venerated as a saint by some branches of Christianity. His feast day in the Roman Catholic Church falls on 17 March.[7]

References

Full article ▸

related documents
Matteo Bandello
Pope Leo VII
Pope Celestine III
Pribislav (Hevelli prince)
Ecumenical Patriarch Stephen I of Constantinople
Pope John I
John Canaparius
Cavendish, Suffolk
Gilbert Sheldon
Philip I, Count of Savoy
Ruthwell
Alexej von Jawlensky
Pope Clement II
John Butler Yeats
Laurence of Canterbury
Richeza of Lotharingia
Billung
Ferdinand Gregorovius
Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent
Michael Choniates
Colonna family
Henri Fantin-Latour
Franz Scholz
Hesychius of Miletus
George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Emperor Nintoku
Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg
John Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg
Pope Gregory VIII
Pope Stephen II