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Paulinus of Milan
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4th-5th century. Italy. Secretary to Ambrose of Milan ca 394, later deacon of the same see, who was sent to North Africa on behalf of the church of Milan in the early 5th century. He supported Augustine of Hippo during the Pelagian controversy, writing a libellus to Pope Zosimus in 417. His principal work, the Vita Ambrosii (Life of Ambrose of Milan), is a Latin prose hagiography written in an unadorned style (incultosermone, according to Paulinus). It was commissioned by Augustine and was the earliest life of Ambrose. Its date is controversial, some arguing for 412…

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Arnold, Jonathan, “Paulinus of Milan”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_02018>
First published online: 2016

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