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Hilary of Arles
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Hilary of Arles (c. 400–449 CE) was one of the most influential ecclesiastics of the 5th century CE. A scion of an aristocratic family of central Gaul, he entered the monastery of Lérins in his youth. As bishop of Arles, he led a powerful faction of churchmen and secular officials. He placed his supporters into episcopal sees and enforced his authority with church councils (Councils/Synods). Ultimately, Hilary became en…

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Mathisen, Ralph W., “Hilary of Arles”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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