Cyril of Alexandria
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1. Life

Few facts are known with certainty about Cyril’s early life, but it appears that he was born in the town of Theodosian (near the present-day Egyptian city of Mahalla al-Kubra) sometime around 375 c.e. Cyril’s mother was the sister of Theophilus, the bishop of Alexandria. Cyril was initially educated in the classical Greek fashion, but after learning how to read and interpret secular texts, he continued his education by focusing on the Bible, theology, and Christian disciplines. This phase of Cyril’s education may have occurr…

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Cassel, J. David, “Cyril of Alexandria”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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