The Letters and Other Remains of Dionysius of Alexandria

The Letters and Other Remains of Dionysius of Alexandria

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...and his language throughout seems to suggest that the welcome change in the imperial policy has quite recently been brought about. 5. iopr&ausiiev' 'let us keep the feast' (of Easter): cf. 1 Cor. v 8. This is really the only indication that the letter is one of the Paschal X IIpos Tous iv 'Ae av8peCa a8efois (eo/DTaari/cr)) Jlttlcttoxt (Eus. H. E. vii 22) This letter was apparently addressed by Dionysius to the members of his own flock at Alexandria in connexion with the same Easter as that referred to in the Letters to Hermammon and to Hierax. The extract preserved by Eusebius gives some account of one of those outbreaks of civil war and pestilence which were so common in that city and country. There is little doubt that the 7roAt/iog mentioned by Dionysius is the rising of Macrianus of which we have already spoken (pp. 7 5 f.) and which, as the succeeding letter to Hierax (q.v.) seems also to imply, was followed by a devastating plague. Dionysius had by this time returned from exile1 and he speaks here with admiration of the devoted ministrations of the brethren to one another in the time of sickness and death, which formed a noble contrast to the cowardice and selfishness displayed by the heathen. On an earlier occasion also the clergy of the city had acted with similar devotedness (see the letter to Domitius and Didymus, p. 68), but here Dionysius lays special stress on the fact that iw d.Tro Tov aov AiW iiraivovixivoi were associated with the clergy in the performance of these good offices. 1 See p. 85, iriafloiirris...wnlei (Eus. H. E. vii 21). It will be noticed that in this sentence Eusebius mentions that the letter we are now dealing with was rendered necessary by the disordered state of the city, which prevented more

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