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Arles
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The Roman Colonia Arelate was established in 46 bceon the Rhône in southern France. Although its episcopal list begins c. 240 with Trophimus, the first bishop for whom we have clear evidence is Marcianus, a follower of Novatian, in 254. Arles served repeatedly as a meeting place for synods, including one in 314 (dealing among other issues with Donatism) and another in 353 (Homoeans). From the 4th century on, the city had to compete with Vienne. When Arles became the seat of the prefecture of Gaul in 395, this competition led to a partition of…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Arles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01056>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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