Heresiarch. He quarreled with the Bishop of Alexandria over Christ’s Divinity (see Arianism) in 325. His views were condemned at the Council of Nicaea, and Arius was banished. He was supported by Eusebius of Nicomedia, a friend of Emperor Constantine, and created constant troubles for Athanasius in Alexandria. Later he demanded that Alexander of Constantinople give him communion by the emperor’s orders, but his sudden death prevented the sacrilege.
- 336 at Constantinople