ASTERIUS,bishop of Amasia, in Pontus, c. 400. He was
partly contemporary with the emperorJulian (d. 363) and lived
to a great age. His fame rests chiefly on his Homilies, which
were much esteemed in the Eastern Church. Most of these have
been lost, but twenty-one are given in full by Migne (Patrol.
Ser. Gr. xl. 164-477), and there are fragments of others in Photius
(Cod. 271). Asterius was a man of much culture, and his works
are a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the history of
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