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Domitilla
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Church tradition considers Flavia Domitilla to have been the first noblewoman to embrace Christianity in the final years of the 1st century CE, during Domitian’s reign, and commemorates her feast on May 12. However, a remarkable contrast exists between the information provided by pagan sources and that given by the later Christian tradition.

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According to Suetonius, Flavia Domitilla was the daughter of…

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Lillo-Botella, Carles, “Domitilla”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_eeco_SIM_00000964>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827



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