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Firmilian of Caesarea
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Firmilian of Caesarea, bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (c. 230–68, Tarsus), one of the leading figures in the eastern episcopate. He was well-disposed toward Origen, whom he heard preach (232/33) and whom he even visited in Palestine (Eus. Hist. eccl. VI 27), allegedly during a pilgrimage (Jer., De Viris Illustribus 54.4). Together with other bishops in Asia Minor, he opposed Fabius of Antioch, who had supported the course taken by the Novatians. In the Rebaptism Controversy between Stephen I of Rome and Cyprian of Carthage (255–57), Firmilian took the side of …

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Perrone, Lorenzo, “Firmilian of Caesarea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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