(Denis; ca. 190ca. 264). The Great. B. of heathen parents; pupil of Origen*; head of catechetical school at Alexandria (see Schools, Early Christian, 1) ca. 232; bp. Alexandria ca. 247; fled ca. 250 in Decian persecution (see Persecution of Christians, 4); returned ca. 251; banished in Valerian persecution 257 (see Persecution of Christians, 4); returned 260. Involved in controversies. Readmitted lapsed into the ch. Opposed Sabellianism and Paul* of Samosata. Accused of tritheism* but defense accepted by Dionysius* of Rome. Athanasius defended his orthodoxy. Works include On Nature (against materialism* of Epicureanism*) and On the Promises (against Chiliasm; see Millennium, 3). See also Monarchianism, B 6.
MPG, 10, 12331344 and 15751602.
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