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Ambrose of Milan

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Amborse was born into a noble orthodox Christian family in 339, and he received a thorough education in rhetoric and law, which prepared him for a career in government. Ambrose received baptism, and within a week he was consecrated bishop of Milan, the office which he holds until his death in 397. Although the fact that Ambrose had made use of Philo Christianus was known as early as the 16th century, attention was first drawn to it by the converted Jew Sixtus of Siena in 1566. The full extent of his exploitation did not become evident until the discovery and publication of the Armenian translation of the Quaestiones. A piece of real Quellenforschung was undertaken by Lewy. It had long been noted that in De Abrahamo 2.1-48 Ambrose records material that has a distinct Philonic flavour, but cannot been found in the extant Philo. This chapter analyses Ambrose's Philonic borrowings.

Keywords: Ambrose; De Abrahamo; Milan; Philo Christianus; Quellenforschung



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