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He died about the end of the second century, and was considered heresiarch by the early patristic writers, but no direct evidence of his thought has survived. Even the polemic which recalls him is minimal, restricted to the cataloging of heresies which can be reconstructed for Hippolytus,* and to the few fragments of the latter's detailed refutation which survive. Noetus is identified with the position that so related the Father with the Son that the Father was considered to have suffered in the crucifixion. Sometimes called Patripassian Monarchianism this view Noetus held in common with Praxeas,* Victor I,* and Sabellius (see Sabellianism). Noetus, whose date must precede the work of Hippolytus, was thought to have come to Rome from Smyrna.