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Despite the increase in the number of Christian communities, the process of formation of a network of bishoprics took place later in Egypt than elsewhere. A work written by an orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Eutychius 10th c., informs us that the first to ordain bishops for Egypt was Demetrius bishop of Alexandria, Kinshasa Map Tourist Attractions 189 231, who ordained three. His successor Heraclas 231 247 continued this work, ordaining twenty bishops. Eutychius says nothing precise about these bishops’ field of activity, and names no city. By the time of Dionysius bishop of Alexandria, 248 264265, Egypt had powerful bishop. This is attested by two letters of Dionysius, referred to textually by Eusebius HE VII, 21, 2; 24, 1: the only Egyptian bishops mentioned here, Nepos and Hierax, bear the strange title of evpi,skopoj twn katV Ai;gupton, bishop of the lands or: of the things? of Egypt.
Alexander, bishop of Alexandria from 312 328, wrote in a letter that a synod called by him and which had condemned Arius, had gathered almost 100 bishops; this number also appears in letters of Athanasius. The list of the names of bishops that results from Annik Martin’s detailed research, however, Kinshasa Map Tourist Attractions gives a more modest number for the first quarter of the 4th c.: 57 bishoprics in Egypt, 16 in Libya and the Pentapolis. In the following decades of the 4th c. the number of bishoprics grew continually. Toward the end of the century there are 75 bishoprics in Egypt, 23 in Libya and the Pentapolis. At that time, every Egyptian town with the status of city had a bishop. Even some larger towns whose administrative status was nonetheless a village had, for various reasons, their own bishop. Kinshasa Map Tourist Attractions At Alexandria and in Upper Egypt, the presbyters had a higher position than in the churches of other countries. There is a well-attested tradition that, up to the time of Demetrius and Heraclas, the bishops at Alexandria were elected by the Alexandrian presbyters from within their own group this practice may have endured even longer, up to the time of Dionysius.
In the 4th c., when the number of Christians in Egypt increased rapidly, especially and this is a peculiar trait of the Egyptian Christianity of that time in the villages, a network of autonomous churches, led by presbyters, was formed churches that in some way can be compared to parishes.