Who Actually Attended Nicaea?
Earlier this week I needed to track down a certain person to determine whether or not he attended the Council of Nicaea in 325. I wasn’t sure where to find this information, and so someone pointed me to a book that contains all the relevant evidence. I thought it might be useful to list it here in case someone else is asking the same question. Apparently there are different lists of the attendees that are extant in Latin, Greek, Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian, and all of the lists do not exactly coincide. All of these lists have been helpfully drawn together in one place in Heinrich Gelzer, Heinrich Hilgenfeld, and Otto Cuntz, eds., Patrum Nicaenorum Nomina (Stuttgart and Leipzig: Teubner, 1995). I was surprised to find that in the back of the volume there is a map showing where everyone was from. The most striking thing about the map is that it shows nearly all of the attendees as being from the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. The representation at Nicaea (a supposedly ‘ecumenical’ council!) seems to have been overwhelmingly eastern.