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Historia acephala
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The Historia acephala (HA), also called Historia Athanasii, is one of the most important chronological sources for the life of the Alexandrian bishop  Athanasius. First edited in 1738 by F. S. Maffei, who gave it the name because of the poor condition of the surviving text, it is based on a single Latin manuscript of the 8th cent. The HA was probably written in AD 386 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Athanasius' consecration as bishop. It offers a chronological history of the Alexandrian see fr…

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Redies, Michael (Berlin), “Historia acephala”, 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 04 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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