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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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The ‘Eusebians’ in Action

The ‘Eusebians’ in Action

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(p.125) 6 The ‘Eusebians’ in Action
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The Eusebians
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David M. Gwynn (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205554.003.0007

This chapter examines Athanasius’ presentation of the ‘Eusebians’ in action, particularly in the Historia Arianorum and the other works of his third exile (356-62). Those actions include the writing of letters; the manipulation of ecclesiastical patronage (notably in the alleged purge of ‘orthodox’ bishops in the years after the Council of Nicaea); the dependence upon secular power through the support of local officials and the Emperor Constantius; and the violence and persecution that the ‘Arians’ are alleged to have caused in Alexandria and Egypt.

Keywords:   Athanasius, Eusebians, Arian, patronage, persecution, anti-Nicene purge, Historia Arianorum, Constantius, Alexandria

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