Early in 360 he became bishop of Antioch, in succession to Eudoxius, who had been raised to the see of Constantinople.
He studied theology at Alexandria under Aetius, and afterwards came under the influence of Eudoxius of Antioch, where he was ordained deacon.
On the recommendation of Eudoxius he was appointed bishop of Cyzicus in 360.
Here his free utterance of extreme Arian views led to popular complaints, and Eudoxius was compelled, by command of the emperor, Constantius II., to depose him from the bishopric within a year of his elevation to it.
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