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Eusebius of Nicomedia


Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


Contemporary of eusebius of caesarea and fellow student of the heresiarch Arius. Eusebius became bishop of Nicomedia about 318. When Alexander of Alexandria (313–28) deposed Arius c. 321, Eusebius wrote widely in his defence, helping to make Arius and his theology an issue for the universal church. Despite subscribing to the decisions of Nicea (325) he soon became an important leader of the extreme Arian party. He co-operated with Eusebius of Caesarea to bring about the downfall of athanasius , and like his namesake was favoured by constantine the great (306–37), whom he baptized near the end of his life. In c. 339 he was made bishop of constantinople by Constantius II (337–61), and used his high office to oppose Athanasius and the Nicene orthodox. Eusebius probably died in 342. ( 1960 ), Patrology . Utrecht : Spectrum . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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