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Anatolius of Laodicea

ANATOLIUS OF LAODICEA: Bishop of Laodicea in the third century. He was a native of Alexandria, and excelled in rhetoric and philosophy, the natural sciences, and mathematics. His fellow citizens requested him to establish a school of Aristotelian Philosophy. In 262 he left Alexandria, acted for a time as coadjutor of Bishop Theotecnus of Cæsarea, and was made bishop of Laodicea in 268 or 269. Eusebius (Hist. eccl., VII. xxxii. 14-20) gives a considerable extract from a work of his on the paschal festival, and mentions another, in ten books, on calculation. The Latin Liber Anatoli de ratione paschali probably belongs to the sixth century. It is in MPG, x., and in B. Krusch, Studien zur mittelälterlichen Chronologie, Leipsic, 1880, pp. 311-327; cf. ANF, vi. 146-153.

(G. Krüger.).

Bibliography: T. Zahn, Forschungen zur Geschichte des Kanons, iii. 177-196, Leipsic, 1884; A. Anacombe, The Paschal Canon attributed to Anatolius of Laodicea, in English Historical Review, x. (1895) 515-535; Krüger, History, p. 216.

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