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Anianus of Orléans
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Anianus was (according to a late list of bishops of the 11th cent ., the fifth; see Renaud, 1976, 83f.) bishop of Orléans in the mid-5th century CE and died in 454 CE. Only one important event was remembered about him, namely, his activities to retrieve the city of Orléans from the invading Huns under Attila in 451 CE. This incident is the main item in the Vita Aniani Aurelianensis (Vita I), composed probably around 500 CE (Renaud, 1976, 86f.) in Orléans. The text, the “earliest extant hagiographic work from Orléannais…

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Heil, Uta, “Anianus of Orléans”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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