Lives of Illustrious Men – Cyprian of Africa


Cyprian 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.

MLA Citation

  • Saint Jerome. “Cyprian of Africa”. Lives of Illustrious Men, translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2012. Web. 23 January 2019. <>