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Historical Tracts of S. Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria
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Historical Tracts of S. Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria


John Henry Parker, J. G. F. & J. Rivington 1843

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Translated and edited by John Henry Newman, this volume contains the encyclical epistles of Athanasius, likely written while Athanasius was in exile. With lengthy and well-researched prefatory material and historical and translational notes throughout the letters, this volume is one of the most respected translations of Athanasius to date.

Key Features

  • Includes the encyclical epistle written by Athanasius while in exile
  • Presents prefatory material along with translation and historical notes
  • Provides one of the most respected translations


  • Encyclical Epistel, Addressed to all Bishops every where
  • Apology against the Arians, Written about AD 350
  • Encyclical Epistle, Addressed to the Bishops of Egypt and Libya, AD 356
  • Apology Addressed to the Emperor Constantius, AD 356
  • Apology for His Flight, AD 357 or 358
  • Epistle to Serapion Concerning the Death of Arius, AD 358–360
  • Epistle to the Monks, AD 358, or later
  • History of the Arians, written AD 358–360

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About Athanasius of Alexandria

Athanasius of Alexandria (ca. 296–373) was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria. Also known as Athanasius the Great, Athanasius is considered a renowned Christian theologian, a Church Father, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century. Venerated by the Roman Catholic Church, the Oriental and Eastern Churches, the Lutheran Church, and the Anglican Communion, he is celebrated with various high-level honorifics across all of these Christian traditions, including “Father of Orthodoxy” in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Doctor of the Church in the Catholic tradition, and “Father of the Canon” among Protestants. He is remembered primarily for his conflict with Arianism—a theological conflict which he spent the majority of his life fighting.