Melitius of Antioch
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Melitius of Antioch


Appointed Bishop of Antioch in 360 but was exiled by emperor Constantius II (a supporter of Arianism) immediately after gave his inaugural sermon which clearly showed his anti-Arianism position; restored to the see in 362 during Julia tenure; was banished twice under the Arian emperor Valens; restored in 378 and presided at the Council of Constantinople (381), during which he died; the Melitian schism in Antioch was a dispute between Melitius and his rival orthodox party, Paulinus (consecrated by Lucifer of Cagliari and supported by Athanasius) and his followers who questioned Melitius’s theology; both groups had their own Bishops after the schism for many until the death of Melitius




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