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Faustus of Riez
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A 5th-century CE monk, bishop, and theologian known especially for the eloquence of his writing and preaching, austerity, and compassion for human suffering. Faustus’ date of birth is unknown, although it is assumed that he was probably born around 403–404 CE. His birthplace is also difficult to determine. Avitus, bishop of Vienne, refers to him as Brito (Avit. Ep. 4). Faustus’ friend, Sidonius Apollinaris, identifies him as a Briton or Breton (Sid. Ep. 9.9.6). Though Brito is …

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Djuth, Marianne, “Faustus of Riez”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 08 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2020

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