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Dedication, Council of the
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In 338 CE a short time after the death of Emperor Constantine, the new emperor of the West, Constantine II permitted Athanasius of Alexandria (Desert Fathers) to return from his exile in Trier to Alexandria (DGAS no. 41.1 introduction).

Having returned from exile, Athanasius assembled a synod of 80 Egyptian bishops in Alexandria. This synod voted for Athanasius. This synod sent a circular to all bishops with many documents (Athan. Apol. sec. 3–19).

The eastern bishops around Eusebius of Constantinople, who had depose…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Dedication, Council of the”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000884>
First published online: 2020



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