Eusebius of Caesarea


Eu·se·bi·us of Caesarea

biographical name \yü-ˈsē-bē-əs\

Definition of EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA

ca 260–ca 339 theol. & church hist.

Eusebius of Caesarea

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(flourished 4th century, Caesarea Palestinae, Palestine) Bishop and historian of early Christianity. Baptized and ordained at Caesarea in Palestine, he may have been imprisoned during the Roman persecutions. His fame rests on his Ecclesiastical History (312–324), which preserves portions of works no longer extant. He became bishop of Caesarea c. 313. Accused of Arianism, he was excommunicated in 325 but was soon exonerated by the Council of Nicaea. He was a staunch supporter of Constantine I's attempts to unify and standardize Christian doctrine, and his writings include the Life of Constantine.

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