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Pierius
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(of Alexandria; died c. 312), presbyter and leader of the Alexandrian Didaskaleion from the time of Bishop Theonas (281/282–300), perhaps in conjunction with Theonas’s successor Peter of Alexandria (300–311) and the later bishop Achillas (c. 311–312). Eusebius of Caesarea, a contemporary, describes Pierius (Hist. eccl. VII 32. 26f.) as an excellent preacher, and a scholarly and well-informed biblical exegete, who led the life of an ascetic. Jerome mentions that he was called “the younger Origen” (Origenes iunior); he was also theologically close to Origen…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Pierius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024565>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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