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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 (Basil of Caesarea), from which at the beginning it took the name it keeps today" around 450 CE; Firm. Caes. Ep. 43 speaks of "the poor who live in Basileiad"): it had been create…

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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 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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