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Basil, bishop of Cappadocia from 370 to 379 CE, built a "new city," as it was called by Gregory of Nazianzus (Or. 43; 63), which, in honor of its founder, was then called "Basileiad" (see Soz. Hist. eccl. 6.34.9: "Basileiad, a famous hospice for the poor which was founded by Basil, bishop of Caesarea, from which at the beginning it took the name it keeps today" around 450 CE; Fir. Ep. 43 speaks of "the poor who live in Basileiad"): it had been created for the needs of the …

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Maritano, Mario, “Basileiad”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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