Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Early Church Fathers
Jerome and Gennadius. Lives of Illustrious Men.: Cyprian the bishop.
of Africa, at first was famous as a teacher of rhetoric, and afterwards on the persuasion of the presbyter Caecilius, from whom he received his surname, he became a Christian, and gave all his substance to the poor. Not long after he was inducted into the presbytery, and was also made bishop of Carthage. It is unnecessary to make a catalogue of the works of his genius, since they are more conspicuous than the sun.
He was put to death under the Emperors Valerian and Gallienus, in the eighth persecution, on the same day that Cornelius was put to death at Rome, but not in the same year.
Born about 200, bishop 248, died at Carthage 258.
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