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George of Laodicea

d. probably after 360. A native of Alexandria, he was ordained presbyter by Alexander, but was later deposed by him for false doctrine and misconduct following an unsuccessful attempt to reconcile the Arians and the Catholics in Antioch. Eustathius would not receive him after this in Antioch, but when Eustathius was himself deposed, George was received there by the Arians. Later he succeeded the Arian Theodotus of Laodicea and as bishop took part in a number of councils opposed to Athanasius, who described George as one of the worst of the Arians. He was deposed by the Council of Sardica in 347 on the grounds that he had previously been deposed by Alexander, but he remained unaffected by the council's decision. A leading Arian, George played an important role in the Council of Seleucia in 359 which deposed the Anomoeans* Acacius and Eudoxius. He also wrote against heresies, particularly that of the Manichaeans.