Pope Achillas of Alexandria
Achillas the Great
|18th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||24 December 310|
|Papacy ended||June 311|
|Predecessor||Peter "Seal of the Martyrs"|
|Buried||Church of the Cave, Alexandria|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Saint Mark's Church|
|Alma mater||Catechetical School of Alexandria|
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2009)|
Pope Achillas of Alexandria, 18th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
Achillas had been ordained a presbyter by Pope Theonas of Alexandria with Pierius, and was made the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria upon the departure of Pierius, who had either left for Rome or been made a martyr at Alexandria. He was apparently very highly thought of for his work in Greek philosophy and theological science, as Pope Athanasius the Apostolic later described him by the honorific "Achillas the Great".1
He came to office after the martyrdom of his predecessor, Pope Peter "Seal of the Martyrs", during the Diocletian Persecution. He inherited the troubles the church was experiencing at the time, including the Meletian heresy.
He is commemorated in the Synaxarion of the Coptic Orthodox Church on 19 Ba'ūnah.
- "Achillas (311–313)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
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