Eusebius of Nicomedia was the bishop of Berytus (Beirut) and then bishop of Nicomediak and finally bishop of Constantinople from 338 A.D until his death. Constantinople was Constantine's capital. Eusebius was an Arian, a very influential figure during the first two decades of the Nicean controversy, and the bishop who baptized Constantine. He .
Like Arius, he was a student of Lucian of Antioch and it is likely his views closely resembled the views of Arius. When Arius was excommunicated by Alexander, he found support with Eusebius. He had signed the Nicean confess but ancient sources indicate he did so with great reservations. Constantine exiled him with Arius due to his contacts with the exiled Arius. He convinced Constantine that Arius and his views did not conflict with the Nicene Creed and both he and Arius were recalled from exile in 329 A.D.
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