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Eusebius of Vercelli
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A Christian of Sardinian origin, Eusebius (d. 369–370 CE) left his homeland to pursue an ascetic way of life (Ambr. Epist.EC 14.66–68), becoming a lector at the Roman Church, before being elected the first bishop of Vercelli in the mid-340s CE (Jer. Vir. ill. 96).

Very little is known of his life until 353 CE, when he started campaigning for a synod that rehabilitated his fellow Nicene bishop Athanasius of Alexandria, who had been banished for the second time in 338 CE (Liber. Ep. 1–3). The council was eventually celebrated in Milan in 355 CE, …

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Natal, David, “Eusebius of Vercelli”, 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 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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