EUSEBIUS OF LAODICEA : Bishop of Laodicea in Syria in the third century; d. there before 268. He was originally a deacon in Alexandria, where he distinguished himself during the Valerian persecution by his piety, his care for the captives, and his burial of the dead. A few years later in the Roman siege of Brucchium, a quarter of Alexandria, he and Anatolius secured permission for all non-combatants to withdraw under safe-conduct, and shortly afterward (263?) both went to Syria to take part in the controversy involving Paul of Samosata, bishop of Antioch. There he was appointed bishop of Laodicea, succeeding Socrates, but died before the synod which finally condemned Paul, which was held in 268 (?). Jerome's Chronicle, however, states that Eusebius was famous as a teacher about 274, and that he was succeeded by Anatolius in 279.