Athanasius, On Virginity 3; PG, 256; TU 29, 2,38
Athanasius, Against the Arians 3, 29; PG 26, 385
” When, at the end of time ordained, He was born of Mary to destroy sin (for this is why the Father decided to send His own Son, born of a woman, born under the law), then he, having taken a body, became man.”Athanasius, Against the Arians 3, 31; PG 26, 388-89.
Jesus Christ’s death was real. He freed us from the slavery of sin. He defeated death by taking a real body.
Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press. p.101-102