COUNCIL OF NEOCAESAREA

A synod held during the period of toleration for the Christians (313-c. 321) in the reign of Licinius. The council’s deal mainly with moral questions and indicate the ecclesiastical concern with sexual issues at this time. Other canons deal with the catechumenate, with the age for to the priesthood (not below thirty), and with the status of the chorepiscopi (country bishops).

Though none of the refers, specifically to Egypt, their prescriptions passed into the general canon of the East, and demonstrate the underlying ascetic temper of the in the East at the time the monastic movement emerged in Egypt.

H. C. FREND