It all depended on the whims of various Emperors.
Not to mention his battles with the Arians and the whole ‘was JESUS God or Man or God-Man or Man-God or what?’ conflicts so very popular at the time.
He is now revered as the great ‘Champion of the Faith’, having battled Arianism even to the point of persecution and exile.
St ATHANASIUS FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ATHANASIUS
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : saint
In charge of : Unknown at present
God of :
Celebration or Feast Day : May 2nd
Birth and Death Dates : 295-373
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Popularity index : 711