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Demetrius was bishop of Antioch in the AD 3rd Century. In 253 he was taken to Persia as a captive by Shapur I, where he became the first bishop of Gundeshapur.[1] Despite being far from his original see, Demetrius was not replaced as bishop of Antioch until Paul of Samosata became bishop in 260.[2]


  1. ^ Baum, Wilhelm and Dietmar W. Winkler. The Church of the East: a concise history,, p. 9
  2. ^ Gillman, Ian and Hans-Joachim Klimkeit. Christians in Asia before 1500 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), p. 30


  • Baum, Wilhelm; Winkler, Dietmar W. (2003). The Church of the East: A Concise History. London-New York: Routledge-Curzon.