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Maximus the Cynic


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(4th cent.),

intruded Bp. of Constantinople. After a disreputable career at Alexandria, in 379 he went to Constantinople. One night in 380 when Gregory of Nazianzus was ill, Maximus was consecrated to the see. The Council of Constantinople in 381 declared that he ‘neither is nor was a bishop’. For a short time he was supported in the W. He professed to combine belief in the Cynic philosophy with profession of the Nicene faith.

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