Arysdaghes, St

Arysdaghes, St.

an Armenian prelate, was born about 279 at Caesarea, in Cappadocia. He was brought up by St. Gregory the Illuminator, first patriarch of Armenia; and, after having finished his studies at Caesarea, he went to Vasasabad, in Armenia, where he was consecrated bishop of Greater Armenia in 318. In 325 he assisted, as bishop of Diospontus, at the general council of Nicaea, and about 332 succeeded Gregory as patriarch of Armenia. He was active in ecclesiastical labors, but was assassinated in 339 by Archelous, governor of Sophenia. ' See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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