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46—Cyril of Alexandria: The Fifth-Century Man from Uncle

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 25, 2021 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Cyril’s uncle was the notorious Theophilus, a ruthless and fiercely competitive churchman—and the old man handpicked his nephew to be his successor as bishop of Alexandria. Cyril learned from Theophilus how to orchestrate an international incident and carry it through to the victorious end. But he was very much his own man: a towering intellect, the mastermind of the Council of Ephesus, a prodigious commentator on the Scriptures, and a saint of a different sort.


Socrates Scholasticus, The Ecclesiastical History (Book VII, the story of Cyril and the Council of Ephesus)

Works of Cyril in translation

John McGuckin, Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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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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