Eusebius of Caesarea

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Eusebius of Caesarea
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Eusebius of Caesarea

(yo͞osē`bēəs, sĕzərē`ə) or

Eusebius Pamphili

(păm`fĭlī), c.263–339?, Greek apologist and church historian, b. Palestine. He was bishop of Caesarea, Palestine (314?–339). In the controversy over ArianismArianism
, Christian heresy founded by Arius in the 4th cent. It was one of the most widespread and divisive heresies in the history of Christianity. As a priest in Alexandria, Arius taught (c.
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, Eusebius favored the semi-Arian views of Eusebius of Nicomedia, and he once gave refuge to Arius. A simple baptismal creed submitted by Eusebius at the First Council of Nicaea (325) formed the basis of what became known as the Nicean Creed; it was amended with the Greek word homoousios [consubstantial, of the same substance] to define the Son's relationship with the Father. Eusebius considered this addition to the creed as reflecting the ideas of SabelliusSabellius,
fl. 215, Christian priest and theologian, b. probably Libya or Egypt. He went to Rome, became the leader of those who accepted the doctrine of modalistic monarchianism, and was excommunicated by Pope St. Calixtus I in 220.
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, which he opposed. Although he signed the formulary, he later did not support it. His works include a universal history entitled the Chronicle, the Ecclesiastical History, and the apologetic works Praeparatio Evangelica and Demonstratio Evangelica.
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Eusebius of Caesarea


(Eusebius Pamphili). Born between 260 and 265 in Caesarea; died in 338 or 339. Roman church writer and historian.

Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea from the year 311, sought to apply the attainments of ancient learning in the interests of the Christian church. His Church History, which recounts events from the origin of Christianity to 324, contains, along with valuable information, many fanciful traditions. He is also the author of the panegyrical Life ofConstantine, which extols the union of church and state. The authenticity of the extant text of the Life is still under discussion in the literature on the subject.


Kirchengeschichte, 5th ed. Berlin-Leipzig, 1952.
Werke, vols. 1-8. Berlin, 1954.
In Russian translation:
Sochineniia, 2nd ed., vols. 1-2. St. Petersburg, 1850-58.


Wallace-Hadrill, D. Eusebius of Caesarea. Westminster, 1961.
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On this point Constantine's admiring biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea is clear: without the Emperor's intervention, Christianity would never have been more than a minority religion.
(4) An important contemporary source for Constantine's relations with the church is the essay De vita Constantini, published shortly after the emperor's death by Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea. For the vision story, see De vita Constantini, i.28-9: Eusebius Werke, i, pt 1: Uber des Leben des Kaisers Konstantin, ed.
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Moreover, Sichard cannot believe that Rufinus, the translator of canonical Christian authors like Origen, Xistus, Eusebius of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, Pamphilus, and Evagrius, should have suddenly so far forgotten himself and his reputation as to translate an apocryphon.(66)
Jeremy Schott explores the construction of "imperial knowledge" in the writings of three late-ancient intellectuals (two Neo-Platonic philosophers and Eusebius of Caesarea) who mined "wisdom" from distant times and foreign places to promote the superiority of their own present claims to knowledge and power.
The hero of D.'s account is Eusebius of Caesarea for his scholarly and graded treatment (in Ecclesiastical History) of the writings that constitute Scripture.
This book has no introduction; it starts with a discussion of the growth of universal or `catholic' (in the Classical sense of the word) history in the Hellenistic period, the first of five chapters, of which three are devoted to general concerns, the last two to Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius of Caesarea. It eventually becomes clear, however, that Mortley is attempting to demonstrate the influence of Aristotle via Peripatetic philosophy on the writing of history in the Hellenistic and early Christian periods: `(P)hilosophers took over history in the fourth and third centuries BC, and made it into a vehicle for theory rather than objective fact' (p.