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Libe'rius the successor of Julius as bishop of Rome, was ordained on the twenty-second of May, A. D. 352, at a period when the downfall of the usurper Magnentius being no longer doubtful, the Arians were straining every nerve to excite Constantius against their orthodox antagonists. The conduct of Liberius when he first assumed the papal dignity is involved in.much obscurity. If we believe that either of the letters found among the fragments of Hilarius (frag. iv. col. 1327, and 1335, ed. Bened. fol. Paris, 1693),--the first inscribed Epistola Liberii Episcopi Urbis Romae ad Orientales Episcopos, and written apparently in 352; the second, belonging to a much later date, but containing allusions to the same events, Delectissimis Fratribus Presbyteris et Coepiscopis Orientalibus,--is genuine, there can be no doubt that at the outset of his career he took a violent part against Athanasius, and even excommunicated him from the Roman church. On the other hand, Dupin employs no less than s