Macrina had two brothers, one of whom was Basil the Great. Basil was a pompous intellectual, but he was destined for great things so long as he used his power for good. It is Macrina who is credited for influencing her brother to follow the right path. She frankly told Basil that “he had become vain, acting as if he were the best inhabitant of the city.”

—Adrianne Morris, “The Best Inhabitant of the City” From “Early Christian Mothers”

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