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Cyprian of Carthage

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Author(s): Cardman, Francine
Caecilius Cyprianus became bishop of Carthage in North Africa in late 248 or early 249. If he was then middle-aged, a birth date of approximately 200 may be conjectured. Little is known of his early life, but it is generally surmised that he was from a wealthy Carthaginian family, had acquired a reputation ¶ as a rhetorician, and was among the intellectual elite of the city. Influenced by the presbyter Caecilius, Cyprian became a Christian at Easter 246, giving away much if not all of his property, embracing celibacy, and undertaking extensive read…