Date of Award

Summer 2004

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Barnes, Michael R.

Second Advisor

Carey, Patrick W.

Third Advisor

Williams, Daniel


There is a great deal of uncertainty as to the precise details of Hilary life. What follows in this preface is a summary of what we can ascertain with some degree of reliability, along with reasonable speculations based on hints found both in Hilary's own writings and other ancient sources. Hilary's ancient biographer is largely unreliable, oftentimes contradicting evidence from Hilary's own pen, but it is possible to gain a sense of the basic outline of his career. Given the importance of Hilary's exile for his career and subsequent fame as an "anti-Arian," most scholars divide Hilary's career into three stages, with the exile as the central, defining moment...



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