Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria, was a staunch Trinitarian, and many depictions show him standing on the body of Arius, a heretic who argued that Jesus was subordinate to God the Father and not his equal. The Creed commonly attributed to Athanasius, however, probably did not come from his authorship; his writings never mention it. It was written in Latin, probably originating in Gaul a century after his death, while Athanasius wrote in Greek. This Creed is little used in the West and not at all in the East. (iconographer unknown)

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