Until now the period following the Council of Nicea has remained a dark age of early Christian history. This is partly due to the fact that Eusebius' last and important works,
Contra Marcellum and
De Ecclesiastica Theologia, have not sufficiently been studied. Comparatively little interest has also been given to the Pseudo-Athanasian text
Contra Arianos IV.
Careful study and comparison of these works against the background of the post-Nicene debate between Asterius, Marcellus, Eusebius and Photinus, has revealed that (as A. Stegmann already proposed in 1917)
Contra Arianos IV was written in about 340 and formed a Nicene critique of Marcellus, his pupil and opponents. Therefore, Stegmann's suggestion of the authorship of Apolinarius of Laodicea needs further investigation. This study on
Contra Arianos IV sheds new light on the years between Nicea and the synods of Rome and Antioch (340/341).
Markus Vinzent, Dr. theol. (1991), University of Munich, Dr. theol. habil. (1995), University of Heidelberg, works at the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He has edited the fragments of Asterius, the works of Marcellus and published on various aspects of early Christian doctrines.
All those interested in early Christian doctrine, in the history of belief, Church history, and especially in the history of symbols and synods. Additionally all those working on Late Antiquity, classical philologists and theologians.