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Ho'sius *(/Osios, (i. e. Holy), sometimes written O'SIUS, an eminent Spanish ecclesiastic of the fourth century. As he was above a century old at the time of his death, his birth cannot be fixed later than A. D. 257, and is commonly fixed in 256. That he was a Spaniard is generally admitted, though if he be (as Tillemont not unreasonably suspects), the person mentioned by Zosimus (2.29), he was an Egyptian by birth. That he was a native of Corduba (Cordova) is a mere conjecture of Nicolaus Antonio. As he held the bishopric of Corduba above sixty years, his elevation to that see was not later than A. D. 296. He assisted at the council of Iliberi or Eliberi, near Granada, and his name appears in the Acta of the council as given by Labbe. (Concil. vol. i. col. 967, &c.) The date of this council is variously computed. Labbe fixes it in A. D. 305, and Cave follows him; but Tillemont contends for A. D. 300. Hosius suffered, as his own letter to the emperor Constantius shows, in the persecu