Athanius, bp. of Anagastus
Athanasius (1), bp. of Anagastus in Cilicia Secunda and metropolitan,
a disciple of St. Lucian of Antioch (Philost. H. E. iii. 15), reckoned by
Arius, in his letter to Eusebius Nicom., among the bishops who coincided with him
in doctrine (Theod. H. E. i. 5). The great Athanasius (de Synod. p.
886) accuses him of having, previous to the council of Nicaea, written blasphemies
equal to those of Arius, of which he gives a specimen. He is said by Le Quien, on
the authority of the Lib. Synod. Graec., to have supported Arius at the council
of Nicaea. Philostorgius (H. E. iii. 15) tells us that when Aetius was expelled
from his master's house, after his unlucky victory in argument, Athanasius received
him and read the Gospels with him.