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The EusebiansThe Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian Controversy'$
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David M. Gwynn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205554

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205554.001.0001

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Who were the ‘Eusebians’?

Who were the ‘Eusebians’?

(p.103) 5 Who were the ‘Eusebians’?
The Eusebians

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This chapter begins with an analysis of the phrase hoi peri Eusebion and the implications of Athanasius’ presentation of his opponents as a ‘church party’. It then assesses the various passages in which Athanasius actually names the men whom he regards as ‘Eusebians’, and demonstrates the degree to which these catalogues of names vary between Athanasius’ different works as the polemic develops over time. The chapter ends with a survey of the fragmentary evidence for the known careers and writings of the most prominent individuals whom Athanasius identifies as ‘Eusebians’, particularly Eusebius of Nicomedia himself and Asterius ‘the Sophist’.

Keywords:   Athanasius, hoi peri Eusebion, Eusebians, Eusebius of Nicomedia, Asterius, Apologia Contra Arianos, Orations against the Arians, Encyclical Letter of 356, De Synodis

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