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The source appears to be mostly St. Athanasius, who was a deacon in Alexandria at the time the Arian controversy broke out (and later the bishop of the same see). He writes in his Discourses Against the Arians (Discourse 1, Chapter 1, 4) For of the one [i.e., a certain Sotades, who apparently wrote songs] has Arius imitated the dissolute and effeminate ...



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