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Athanasius (299?, Alexandria – May 2, 373, Alexandria)

I. Life – II. Works – III. Influence

I. Life

Athanasius was one of the most influential figures in the 4th-century Christian church. It is likely that he came from a relatively humble background, as he shows few signs of classical education. He seems to have been taken into the episcopal household at Alexandria at a young age, and he first emerged as assistant and deacon to Bishop Alexander of Alexandria at the start of the controversy around …

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Williams, Rowan D., “Athanasius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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