St. Cyril of Alexandria, an Egyptian bishop; born in Alexandria, Egypt, about 376. He succeeded his uncle Theophilus as Bishop of Alexandria in 412. He compelled the Novatians to silence, banished the Jews, and caused Nestorius to be condemned and deposed. A subsequent council favoring Nestorius, excommunicated and deposed his opponent. The emperor condemned both sides, and ordered the rival champions to be imprisoned. The intercession of Rome caused this sentence against Cyril to be abrogated. He died in Alexandria in June, 444.


Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

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