Achillas the Great
|Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||24 December 312|
|Papacy ended||June 313|
|Predecessor||Peter "Seal of the Martyrs"|
|Buried||Church of the Cave, Alexandria|
|Denomination||Church of Alexandria|
|Residence||Saint Mark's Church|
|Alma mater||Catechetical School of Alexandria|
Achillas was the 18th Pope of Alexandria from 312 to 313.
He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was renowned for his knowledge and piety; this was why Pope Theonas had ordained him priest and appointed him head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria upon the departure of Pierius. 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".
As recommended by Pope Peter "Seal of the Martyrs", he was enthroned patriarch in December (Kiahk) 312 AD, after the martyrdom of Peter during the Diocletianic Persecution. As soon as he sat on the throne of Saint Mark, Arius beseech him to return him to the participation in the church. With flattery and persuasion, Arius attracted the nobility and the renowned and asked them to intervene for him to the patriarch, so they interceded for Arius to be allowed to participate in the service of the church. Believing that indeed, he was repentant for all his sins, Achillas responded to their request and returned him to his former position, before his heresy, which was priest and preacher. He had thus disobeyed his predecessor, Pope Peter I, because he believed Arius’ pretence of leniency. Achillas died six months later on the 19th of Paoni (26 June), in 313 AD.
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- "Achillas (311–313)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
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