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Alexander of Alexandria
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Bishop of Alexandria from 312 or 313 until his death in 328. His date of birth is not recorded, but sources imply that he was an elderly man by the time of his election. During his episcopate he had to contend with the effects of the Melitian schism (Melitius of Lycopolis) as well as with another schism initiated by a local presbyter, Colluthus, who claimed the right to ordain. The major controversy of his episcopate, however, was that associated with Arius/Arianism. Arius came into open opposition with Alexander between 318 and 321. He was condemned by a loc…

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Williams, Rowan D., “Alexander of Alexandria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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