Date 359
Council Ariminum
Ancient Sources Socrates, HE 2.37; Athanasius, De Synodis 5

Constantius, Victorious and Triumphant, Augustus, to all Bishops who are assembled at Ariminum.

That the divine and adorable law is our chief care, your excellencies are not ignorant; but as yet we have been unable to receive the twenty bishops sent by your wisdom, and charged with the legation from you, for we are pressed by a necessary expedition against the barbarians; and as you know, it befits to have the soul clear from every care when one handles the matters of the divine law. Therefore we have ordered the bishops to await our return at Adrianople; that, when all public affairs are well arranged, then at length we may hear and weigh their suggestions. Let it not then be grievous to your constancy to await their return, that, when they come back with our answer to you, you may be able to bring matters to a close which so deeply affect the well-being of the catholic church.

Translation from Athanasius, De Synodis 55 (NPNF2 vol. 4, p. 479)

Adapted by SMT

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