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As H. Jordan has tried to prove (see Jordan, 1912), Archaeus (fl. c. 190 CE?), bishop of Leptis Magna (today Lebda/Libya) in the late 2nd century CE, may owe his existence to scribal inaccuracies and their misinterpretation in modern scholarship. J.-B. Pitra’s (1884, vol. VII) mention of Archaeus as one of those early church fathers whose works are lost for us today is based on the Latin translation (Mai, 1840, 707; see also PG, vol. V, 1489f.) of a small Arabic fragment on the dating of Easter. The translation of the fragment bears the following heading: Archaei qui post discipulos Domini…

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Grünstäudl, Wolfgang, “Archaeus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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