Pope Achillas of Alexandria
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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 Athanasius of Alexandria later described him by the honorific "Achillas the Great".
He came to office after the execution of his predecessor, Peter of Alexandria, 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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