Alexandria. (Socrat. H. E. 1.25; Rufin. H. E. 1.5.) On the arrival of Arius in Alexandria, A. D. 331, Athanasius, notwithstanding the threats of Eusebius and the strict orders of the emperor, refused to receive him into the communion of the church; for new outbreaks took place at Alexandria, and the Meletians openly joined the Arians. (Athanas. Apolog. § 59.) Eusebius, who was still the main supporter of the Arian party, had secured its ascendancy in Syria, and caused the synod of Tyre, in A. D. 335, to depose Athanasius, and another synod held in the same year at Jerusalem, to revoke the sentence of excommunication against Arius and his friends.
The attempt of Arius to re-establish himself at Alexandria failed notwithstanding, and in A. D. 336, he travelled to Constantinople to have a second interview with the emperor. he again presented his confession of faith, which was apparently orthodox. Hereupon Alexander, bishop of Constantinople, who had hitherto refused recognising Arius as
arge of murder, ascertaining that Arsenius was alive, and obliged them to remain quiet. John professed to repent of his disorderly proceedings, and to be reconciled to Athanasius; and returned with his party into the communion of the orthodox church : but the reconciliation was not sincere or lasting : troubles broke out again, and a fresh separation took place; John and his followers either being ejected from communion by the Athanasian party, or their return opposed.
The council of Tyre (A. D. 335), in which the opponents of Athanasius were triumphant, ordered them to be re-admitted; but the emperor deeming John to be a contentious man, or, at least, thinking that his presence was incompatible with the peace of the Egyptian church, banished him (A. D. 336) just after he had banished Athanasius into Gaul.
The place of his exile, and his subsequent fate, are not known. (Sozomen, H. E. 2.21, 22, 25, 31; Athanasius, Apol. contra Arianos, 100.65-67, 70, 71; Tillemont, Mémoires, vol. vi.