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Donatists  

William Hugh Clifford Frend and Todd Breyfogle

Online publication date:
Dec 2015
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Christianity
The Donatists were members of a puritanical church of the martyrs in 4th- and early 5th-cent. Roman Africa. Their schism from the African Catholics derived from the events of the Great Persecution ... More

Donatus and Donatism  

David E. Wilhite

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Christianity
The Donatist party began around 312 ce when Mensurius, bishop of Carthage, died and was replaced by Caecilian. Caecilian’s accusers claimed that he had been ordained by a traditor, someone ... More

Dracontius, Blossius Aemilius  

Alun Hudson-Williams and Frederick James Edward Raby

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Dec 2015
Blossius Aemilius Dracontius, a Christian, a lawyer and vir clarissimus (Roman of senatorial rank), well trained in rhetoric, lived in *Carthage towards the end of the 5th cent. ce. For ... More

Ennodius, Magnus Felix, 473/474–521 CE  

Ian Wood

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Mar 2016
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Christianity
Magnus Felix Ennodius (473/4 –521 ce), from Provence, cleric of Milan, bishop of Pavia (513–21). Author of works supporting Pope Symmachus in the Laurentian schism, a biography of his ... More

Ephraem Syrus, c. 307–373 CE  

Henry Chadwick and John F. Matthews

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Mar 2016
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Christianity
Ephraem Syrus was born at *Nisibis where he lived until Jovian's surrender of the city to the Persians (363) forced him to move to *Edessa. He wrote (mainly verse) in Syriac; he could read ... More

epic, biblical  

Martin J. Brooke

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Dec 2015
A late antique genre in which material from the Bible is versified in hexameters. Six major texts survive, the earliest being (1) the Evangeliorum libri IV of *Iuvencus. (2) The Heptateuchos of ... More

Epiphanius, c. 315–403 CE  

Henry Chadwick and M. J. Edwards

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Mar 2016
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Christianity
Epiphanius (c. 315–403 ce), born in Eleutheropolis, Palestine. He became a monk, and in 367 bishop of *Salamis (2) (Constantia) in Cyprus. Regarding *Origen (1) as the source of *Arianism, ... More

Epistle to Diognetus  

Wolfram Kinzig

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Dec 2015
Greek Christian apology of uncertain authorship, date (perhaps 3rd cent. ce), and provenance (perhaps *Alexandria (1)). It contains an exposition of the Christian doctrine of God, of the ... More

Eusebius, of Caesarea, prolific writer, biblical scholar and apologist, c. 260–339 CE  

Averil M. Cameron

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Jul 2015
Eusebius, of Caesare (c. 260–339 ce), prolific writer, biblical scholar and apologist, effective founder of the Christian genres of Church history and chronicle, and the most important contemporary ... More

Eustathius  

John Francis Lockwood and Robert Browning

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Dec 2015
Eustathius (12th cent. ce) born and educated in *Constantinople, was deacon at St Sophia and taught rhetoric (and probably grammar) in the patriarchal school until 1178, when he became metropolitan ... More

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