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Bishop of Alexandria from 328, born around 295, died 2 or 3 May 373. He deserves credit for the defence and implementation of the creed of the Council of Nicaea, which remains the common basis of nearly all Christian churches. Especially his dispute with  Arianism is decisive for church history. He paid for his involvement with 17 years of exile. At the Council of Nicaea (325) he is still deacon and secretary of the Bishop Alexander of Alexandria; upon Alexander's death (330) A. was elected his successor and took over the conflicts surrounding the Melitianians ( Melitius) …

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Metzler, Karin (Berlin), “Athanasius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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