Asphalius a presbyter of Antioch and a zealous adherent of the heretic Aetius, was deputed by Eudoxius, after he had taken forcible possession of the see of Antioch, A.D. 358, to proceed to Constantinople and obtain the recognition of his episcopate from the emperor Constantius. Asphalius had obtained his object, and was just about to start for Antioch with the emperor's letters of authorization when the deputies from the Council of Ancyra arrived, and by their representations induced the weak Constantius to declare himself against the Anomceans and recall his letters. A document of a very different kind was substituted, denouncing the intrusion of Eudoxius, speaking of him in the most violent terms, and forbidding him to appear in the Christian assemblies (Sozomen, Hist. Eccles 1314).

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