Ambrose of Alexandria

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birth_date=late 2nd century
death_date=ca. 250
feast_day=17 March
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titles=Theologian, Confessor
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Ambrose of Alexandria (d. ca. 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. Through Origen's teaching, Ambrose rejected the gnostic theology of Valentinius, to which he had earlier subscribed. [Eusebius, "Church History," 6.18.1.] He was wealthy and provided his teacher with books for his studies and secretaries to lighten the labor of composition. [Eusbius, "Church History, " 6.18.1-2; and also Jerome's De Viris Illustribus # 61.]

He suffered during the persecution under Maximinus Thrax in 235. [Eusebius of Caesarea, "Church History", 6.18.] He was later released and died a confessor.cite web | last =Rabenstein | first =Katherine | title =Ambrose of Alexandria (AC) | work =Saints O' the Day for March 17 | date =March 1998 | url =http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0317.htm | accessdate =2007-04-30] 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.

Veneration

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

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