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Cerealis, Nicene bishop of an unknown see (Castellensis), is the main character of an anti-homoian treatise entitled Disputatio Cerealis contra Maximinum. He is also typically presented as the author of the same text, although this is an unsubstantiated inference. The text, most likely an imaginary dialogue, specifies that the highly structured theological debate it pretends to record took place in Carthage, against an “Arian” bishop (Arianism), when a king was in power, hence the near-universal consensus to situate Cerealis’ Disput…

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Fournier, Éric, “Cerealis”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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