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Nerses I the Great
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(died 373), the highest bishop of the Armenian Church (Catholicos) from 353(?) to 373, and the great-great-grandson and fourth successor of Gregory the Illuminator (Armenia: II). Raised in Caesarea in Cappadocia, he reorganized the Armenian Church on the model of the Greek Church and held a synod in Aštiš. He built houses for the poor as well as for orphans and aliens, erected churches, and founded monasteries. Suspected of being a traitor because of his good relations with Byzantium, but above all on ac…

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Kaufhold, Hubert, “Nerses I the Great”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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