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St. Anatolius of Laodicea

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Feastday: July 3
Death: 283

Bishop, noted philosopher, and scientist in Alexandria, Egypt. He was the bishop of Laodicea in Syria, where he wrote ten books on mathematics. Eusebius, the historian, relates that Anatolius was faced with a rebellion in Alexandria, Egypt, while he was living there. The Romans had the part of the city known as the Bruchium under siege, and the people were starving. Anatolius parleyed with the Romans and managed to have the ill, the elderly, and the women and children released safely. The rebels surrendered as a result. Traveling to Laodicea, Anatolius was hailed by the people and made bishop.

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