Reference numbers Urk. 10
Doc. 8
Incipit [Ὡς δὲ οὐδὲν ἧττον]
Date c. 321/2
Ancient source Sozomen, Church History 1.15.11
Modern edition used J. Bidez and G.C. Hansen, Sozomenus: Kirchengeschichte GCS 50 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1960)

Since Alexander was not willing to give way in his zeal for the correct understanding of God, Arius sent messengers to Paulinus, bishop of Tyre, to Eusebius Pamphilus, who presided over the church of Cæsarea in Palestine, and to Patrophilus, bishop of Scythopolis. He solicited permission for himself and for his adherents, as they had previously attained the rank of priests, to form the people who were with them into a church. For it was the custom in Alexandria, as it still is in the present day, that all the churches should be under one bishop, but that each priest should have his own church, in which to assemble the people. These three bishops, concurring with the others who were assembled in Palestine, granted Arius’ petition.

They permitted him to assemble the people as before, but commanded Arius to submit to Alexander and to continually strive to be restored to peace and fellowship with him.

Translation from NPNF2 vol. 2, p.252, adapted by AJW

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