<i>From Nicaea to the Death of Constantine</i>

Sara Parvis

in Marcellus of Ancyra and the Lost Years of the Arian Controversy 325-345

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199280131
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603792 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

 From Nicaea to the Death of Constantine

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This chapter argues that Eustathius of Antioch’s deposition took place in autumn 327 as a result of real or faked evidence of sexual misdemeanour, triggering a reversal by Constantine of his previous ecclesiastical policy. It is suggested that Marcellus wrote his Against Asterius partly in response to this event and to the subsequent return of Eusebius of Nicomedia. It is argued that Marcellus, like Athanasius, was trapped by a summons to the Synod of Tyre in 335 when he refused to accept Arius’ reception back into communion at Jerusalem, despite Constantine’s orders. Marcellus’ trial is examined from the accounts of Sozomen and Eusebius of Caesarea, and his innocence established of the theological charges brought.

Keywords: Eustathius of Antioch; Constantine; Eusebius of Nicomedia; Against Asterius; Athanasius; Synod of Tyre; Arius; Eusebius of Caesarea; Sozomen

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Subjects: Early Christianity

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