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3.5 Cities of God: Alexandria, Library and Lighthouse of Christian Learning

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 29, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Alexandria was cultural capital of the ancient world—and the ancient Church. It had the greatest library on the planet and a state-subsidized community of scholars. It was the city where theology first developed as a science. The Alexandrians had their own distinctive way of interpreting Scripture, developed over centuries by giants: Clement, Origen, Athanasius, Cyril. Its influence on the development of Christianity was profound and permanent.


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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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