In the literary tradition of late antiquity, there is only a single piece of evidence for the word Ἀρειανισμός/
Areianismos, in Gregory of Nazianzus (
Or. 21.22). The derivative neo-Latin term “Arianism” was constructed during the early modern period and subsequently adopted in the modern European languages (Fr.
Arianismus).“Arianism,” in its proper sense, both in the history of theology and in the history of dogma, refers to the theological positions or teachings of the Alexandrian presbyter Arius (Ἄρειος/
Areios), which brought him into con…