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ATHANASIOS I the GREAT (328-373)

      The most prominent defender of the Church during the 4th century. He participated in the 1st Ecumenical Council as the accompanying Deacon of Archbishop Alexandros I, where he distinguished himself on his theological grounding. Following the death of Alexander I he was elected Archbishop of Alexandria. He was slandered by the followers of Arius and was exiled three times. He fought vigorously for the Orthodox faith and is honoured as a Saint of the Church.

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