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The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian Controversy'

David M. Gwynn


This monograph offers a historical and theological re-evaluation of the polemical writings of Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria (328-73) and their influence upon modern interpretations of the so-called ‘Arian Controversy’. It examines in detail the methodology of Athanasius’ polemic, and focuses on his representation of his opponents as a single ‘Arian party’, hoi peri Eusebion (‘the ones around Eusebius [of Nicomedia]’ or the ‘Eusebians’). After an initial chronological catalogue of Athanasius’ polemical works, it traces the evolution of his construction of the ‘Eusebians’ from his own condemna ... More

Keywords: Athanasius, Eusebius of Nicomedia, fourth century Church, hoi peri Eusebion, Eusebians, Arianism, Arian Controversy, Council of Tyre, polemic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205554
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Gwynn, author
Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford
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