Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria, was the anti-Arian bishop of Alexandria. He taught and consecrated Frumentius (Abba Sälama) as first bishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church about 330 A.D. During the second period of his persecution by the Roman Emperor Constantinus, acting on the instigation of Arian bishops, Athanasius is thought of have made his way to Ethiopia from the Libyan desert where he had made his refuge about 356-61. He is venerated as a saint. He wrote many works, and one of the well-known Ethiopian anaphoras is attributed to him.
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This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 ‘From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,’ copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.
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