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Dioscorus of Alexandria
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[German Version]

was a deacon of Cyril of Alexandria who became his successor as bishop of Alexandria following the latter's death in 444. In spite of the extant hagiographic vita (CPG 3, 5470) from the Monophysite milieu, hardly anything is known about his life. Unlike Cyril, whose theology was his absolute norm, Dioscorus cannot be regarded as an independent or prominent theologian. He attempted to abolish the Creed of Union of 433, which had been recognized by Cyril and represented a christological compromise between moderate Antiochians and Alexandrians (DH 272; Christology: II).…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Dioscorus of Alexandria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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