Religion Past and Present

Get access

Dionysius of Alexandria
(443 words)

[German Version]

(end of 2nd cent. [?] – 264/265; cf. Eus. Hist. eccl. VII 28.3) is regarded as an outstanding promoter of church unity in the 3rd century. Erudite in philosophy (CPG 1576), literature (CPG 1576, 1565), rhetoric (CPG 1564), and biblical philology (CPG 1569, 1575), he studied under Origen (Eus. Hist. eccl. VI 29.4) without becoming an Origenist. In 251–253 (as bishop of Alexandria from 247/248 [Eus. Hist. eccl. VI 35]) he sided against Novatian's rigorism as a cautious penitential theologian (CPG 1552,1558) and sought to prevent the expansion of th…

Cite this page
Neuschäfer, Bernard, “Dionysius of Alexandria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲