Proterius of Alexandria

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Proterius of Alexandria († 457 ) was Patriarch of Alexandria from 451 to 457 in succession to Dioskoros of Alexandria, who was deposed by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 .

The establishment of Proterios led to mass unrest, military protection and repression measures in Alexandria and finally to the murder of the new bishop by council opponents on the eve of Easter in 457. His opponents accused Proterios of persecuting dissenters and made him responsible for the killing of more than 30,000 Christian men and women in Alexandria.

His pontificate is thus under the sign of the emerging schism between the Coptic and Orthodox Patriarchs of Alexandria.

predecessor Office successor
Dioskorus I. Patriarch of Alexandria
Timothy II Aelurus