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Marcellus of Ancyra
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The first piece of historical information about Marcellus of Ancyra (d. 374 CE) is his presence as a young bishop in the Synod of Ancyra of Galatia, 314 CE (Turner, 1907, 32, 50–51). Possibly, he chaired the synod (Councils/Synods), even though he does not appear as such in the extant documents (Hanson, 1988, 217; Parvis, 2001). When the so-called “Arian” crisis began, the bishop of Ancyra took sides against Arius and his fellows (Arianism). In 325 CE, a few months before Nicaea, the bishops g…

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Fernández, Samuel, “Marcellus of Ancyra”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2021

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