A contemporary of Athanasius of Alexandria, to whom he wrote concerning the more controversial christological opinions in his church. Like his predecessors Hesiod and Dionysius II to whom Pope Julius I wrote, Epictetus battled Arianism. Athanasius, in his reply written after the Roman Synod of 371, expounded in minute detail the errors denounced by Epictetus, and affirmed that the Nicene faith is sufficient against all heretical impiety. CPG II, 2095; PG 26, 1049-1070; J. Lebon, Altration doctrinale de la lettre ‰pict¨te de saint Athanase: RHE 31 1935 713-761; E. Ferguson, The Church at Corinth Outside the New Testament: Restoration Quarterly 3 1959 169-172; E.D. Moutsoulas, La lettre d’Athanase d’Alexandrie ‰pict¨te, in Politique et Thologie chez Athanase d’Alexandrie, Paris 1974, 313-333; M. Tetz, Markellianer und Athanasius von Alexandrien: ZNTW 64 EPIGONUS According to the author of the Philosophumena IX, 7, 1, our sole source on Epigonus, he, a disciple of Noetus of Smyrna and teacher of Cleomenes, was the first to spread the patripassian heresy at Rome. The etymology of his name descendant suggests that he is an invented person. DHGE 15, 602-603.