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Date 8 September 335
Ancient Source(s) Athanasius, Ap. 76

To Flavius Philagrius, and to Flavius Paladius, Ducenary, Officer of the Palace, and Controller, and to Flavius Antoninus, Commissary of Provisions, and Centenary of my lords the most illustrious Prefects of the sacred Praetorium, these from the presbyters and deacons of the Mareotis, a nome of the catholic Church which is under the most reverend Bishop Athanasius, we address this testimony by those whose names are under-written.

Whereas Theognius, Maris, Macedonius, Theodorus, Ursacius, and Valens, as if sent by all the bishops who assembled at Tyre, came into our Diocese alleging that they had received orders to investigate certain ecclesiastical affairs, among which they spoke of the breaking of a cup of the Lord, of which information was given them by Ischyras, whom they brought with them, and who says that he is a presbyter, although he is not – for he was ordained by the Presbyter Colluthus who pretended to the episcopate, and was afterwards ordered by a whole council, by Hosius and the bishops that were with him, to take the place of a presbyter, as he was before; and accordingly all that were ordained by Colluthus resumed the same rank which they held before, and so Ischyras himself proved to be a layman; and the church which he says he has, never was a church at all, but a quite small private house belonging to an orphan boy of the name Ision – for this reason we have offered this testimony, adjuring you by Almighty God, and by our Lords Constantine Augustus and the most illustrious Caesars his sons, to bring these things to the knowledge of their piety. For neither is he a presbyter of the catholic Church nor does he possess a church, nor has a cup ever been broken, but the whole story is false and an invention.

Dated in the Consulship of Julius Constantius the most illustrious Patrician, brother of the most religious Emperor Constantine Augustus, and of Rufinus Albinus, most illustrious men, on the tenth day of the month Thoth.

Translation from NPNF2 vol. 4, p. 140

Adapted by SMT

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