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Priscillian

d.385. Heretical bishop of Avila in “Hispania Tarraconensis.” Of noble birth, rich, learned, pious, ascetic, and eloquent, he was seemingly influenced by Gnostic doctrines brought to Spain by an Egyptian named Marcus. In the eyes of the orthodox he was soon judged a heretic; he caused real problems to the church, since his views and influence were widely spread. Soon he had many followers (Priscillianists) who included a few bishops. Eight of the canons of the Council of Saragossa (380) were directed against them. They retaliated by consecrating Priscillian bishop of Avila.