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St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan


IV Century
Theologian and hymnographer who played a key role in the defeat of Arianism and Neo-Paganism in the West. In the course of this struggle, he upheld the independence of the Church from imperial control, confronting the emperors Theodosius and Eugene, among others, on numerous controversial issues. Although St. Augustine was his disciple, Ambrose' theology was far more conservative than Augustine's and essentially identical to that of the Cappadocian Fathers.


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