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  Lactantius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lactantius, a native of North Africa, was a pupil of Arnobius (according to Methodius, Chastity 9.2) and taught rhetoric in various cities of the Eastern Roman Empire, ending in Constantinople.
Lactantius was born a pagan and in his early life taught rhetoric in his native place, which may have been Cirta in Numidia where an inscription mentions a certain
The friendship of the Emperor Constantine raised him from penury and tutor in Latin to his son Crispus, whom Lactantius may have followed to Trier in 317, when Crispus was made Caesar and sent to the city.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius
Lactantius was born a pagan and in his early life taught rhetoric in his native place.
This the most important of all the writings of Lactantius is systematic as well as apologetic and was intended to point out the futility of pagan beliefs and to establish the reasonableness and truth of Christianity.
Of the poems attributed to Lactantius only one, besides the "Hodoeporicum", is genuine, viz., the " De Ave Phoelous", an account, in eighty-five distichs, of the fabulous eastern bird which is reborn from its own ashes every thousand years, The poem "De Resurrectione" was written by Venantius Fortunatus, and the "Passione Domini"is a medieval humanist.
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 Roman Power and Christian Conflict 285-395 by Sanderson Beck
Lactantius noted, "Most wicked murderers have invented impious laws against the pious."1 He asked what should be done to those tyrants who inflicted tortures on the innocent and yet wish to appear just and prudent when they are clearly wrong.
Lactantius argued that it is not virtue to defend the good or be an enemy of the bad, because virtue is not subject to chance.
Lactantius showed this from history in his short work "On the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died." In the era of Constantine he could argue that God raised up princes to rescind the impious and bloody edicts of tyrants in order to provide for the welfare of humanity.
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Lucius Caelius (or Caecilius?) Firmianus Lactantius, early Christian author in Latin (around A.D. 240 - around 320).
Lactantius, a native of north Africa, taught rhetoric in various cities of the eastern half of the Roman Empire, ending in Constantinople.
Lactantius preserves for us the story of Constantine I's vision of the labarum before his conversion to Christianity.
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 Lactantius: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Lucius Caelius (or Caecilius?) Firmianus Lactantius was an early Christian author who wrote in Latin[For more, click on this link] (around A.D. [For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link] - around 320[Follow this hyperlink for a summary of this subject]).
Lactantius was born a pagan and in his early life taught rhetoric in his native place, EHandler: no quick summary.
The roman emperor constantine i of the roman empireconstantine i (ruled 306 - 337) created a new military standard to be carried before his army which displayed the...
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Lactantius Firmianus, also called Lucius Caelius (or Caecilius) Lactantius Firmianus, was a Christian writer who from the beauty of his style has been called the "Christian Cicero." His history is very obscure.
Lactantius' chief work, Divinarum Institutionum Libri Septem, is an "apology" for and an introduction to Christianity, written in exquisite Latin, but displaying such ignorance as to have incurred the charge of favoring the Arian and Manichaean heresies.
Jerome states that Lactantius wrote an epitome of these Institutions, and such a work, which may well be authentic, was discovered in manuscript in the royal library at Turin in 1711 by C. Pfaff.
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 Early African Apologists
Lactantius' authored a number of works, some of which were written before the persecution.
If the work is late (c.318-320) then Lactantius is giving the 'party line' concerning the role of Constantine in the period, however if the work is early then it provides a unique glimpse at the history of the early days of the fourth century.
Lactantius' witness to these events of history are important in their own right.
www.fpcjackson.org /resources/church_history/earlyafrapolog.htm   (2101 words)

 FT April 2001: In Defense of Constantine
Lactantius, the subject of her book, was a Latin Christian apologist and contemporary of Constantine, and Digeser argues that he was the first Western thinker to adumbrate a theory of religious freedom rooted not in notions about toleration but in the nature of religious belief.
Lactantius moved beyond the usual apologetic gambits to offer a positive argument as to why religion of any sort cannot be coerced.
Whether Lactantius was the primary influence shaping Constantine’s religious policy will be debated by historians of the emperor’s reign, and how influential Lactantius’ Divine Institutes was on the formation of Christian ideas of religious freedom (he was after all a minor figure) is a matter for historians of Christian thought to negotiate.
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 sophia - penwill
In the De Ira Dei Lactantius seeks to provide a philosophical rationale for events narrated in the De Mortibus Persecutorum by arguing that God is capable of anger.
A number of his arguments are subjected to critical scrutiny, and it is shown that they largely fail to convince because Lactantius does not have a sufficient grasp of basic Epicurean doctrine.
What Lactantius’ work shows is the Christian attempting to take over the Stoic and Neo-Platonist side in the debate between theism and atomist materialism and counter the still significant influence of Lucretius in Roman education.
www.philosophy.unimelb.edu.au /sophia/penwill.html   (114 words)

 Rome - Vol I, Chapter XIV - Notes
Lactantius was so far from having been an obscure rhetorician, that he had taught rhetoric publicly, and with the greatest success, first in Africa, and afterwards in Nicomedia.
The fame of Lactantius for eloquence as well as for truth, would suffer no loss if it should be adjudged to some more "obscure rhetorician." Manso, in his Leben Constantins des Grossen, concurs on this point with Gibbon Beylage, iv.
The whole of the edict bears the character of precipitation, of excitement, (entrainement,) rather than of deliberate reflection - the extent of the promises, the indefiniteness of the means, of the conditions, and of the time during which the parents might have a right to the succor of the state.
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 Lactantius Placidus
Lactantius Placidus was a grammarian who seems to have lived in the fifth century AD.
Here he comments on a passage from the Thebaid I. 717 ff by Statius, a Roman poet who lived in the second half of the first century AD.
Moreover at the full, being now nearest to the Sun, she is said to be grasped by him.
www.thedyinggod.com /chaldeanmagi/sources/lactantius.html   (682 words)

 New Testament - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As indicated above, the phrase was first used by early Christians to refer to the new covenant that was the basis for their relationship with God.
About two centuries later at the time of Tertullian and Lactantius, the phrase was being used to designate a particular collection of books that embodied this covenant.
Tertullian, in the 2nd century, was the first to use the terms novum testamentum/new testament and vetus testamentum/old testament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_Testament   (5757 words)

 Lactantius, Lucius Caelius Firmianus on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
LACTANTIUS, LUCIUS CAELIUS FIRMIANUS [Lactantius, Lucius Caelius Firmianus], c.260-AD 340, Christian author and apologist, b.
He taught rhetoric at Diocletian's school in Nicomedia and during the persecutions was converted to Christianity.
The poem On the Phoenix (De ave pheoenice), a source of Cynewulf's Christ, is possibly by Lactantius.
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 Readings Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Born a pagan in North Africa, Lactantius became a celebrated master of Latin rhetoric and was summoned to Nicomedia in Anatolia by none other than Emperor Diocletian to teach rhetoric at this eastern center of imperial government and to supervise the Latinity of the imperial court's official documents.
While in Nicomedia, Lactantius converted to Christianity and also witnessed the outbreak of the Great Persecution against the Christian Church in 303.
The persecution ended, for the most part, in 311, and soon thereafter Lactantius completed the first edition of his On the Deaths of the Persecutors, which recounted in edifying detail the horrible ends suffered by the handful of emperors who had chosen to persecute Christians over the past 250 years.
www.wmich.edu /~medinst/mdvl145/resource/rome/diocletian.htm   (1480 words)

 Technorati Tag: Lactantius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Christian Authors from the 2nd to 5th Centuries including Lactantius.
When the obscure monk Cosmas Indicopleustes advocated for a flat earth in Christian Topography (550 AD), little would he know that Darwinists years...
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Lactantius was an early Christian teacher and rhetorician, a devout humanist and anti-war activist.
He lived from 240-320 and taught that doing good consisted in affording aid to those who are oppressed and in difficulty, and in bestowing food on those who are destitute.
God, since He is kind, taught Lactantius, wished us to be social animals.
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 Ethical Atheist - Flat Earth eBook - CHAPTER 5
I am at a loss what to say respecting those who, when they have once erred, consistently persevere in their folly, and defend one vain thing by another; but that I sometimes imagine that they either discuss philosophy for the sake of a jest, or purposely and knowingly undertake to defend falsehoods...
It is stated that other views of Lactantius eventually led to his posthumous condemnation as a heretic, but the influential St. Augustine's reference to him as among "good and faithful men" appears to show that he wasn't yet deemed a heretic by this time.
Bede, by stark contrast, was one of the most influential and widely disseminated writers of the medieval period, and his clear and well demonstrated belief that the earth was spherical was well known.
www.ethicalatheist.com /docs/flat_earth_myth_ch5.html   (12705 words)

 Oliver Nicholson Profile
My interests lie where history meets the history of ideas, specifically in Late Antiquity, where the history is unusually vivid and the ideas unusually influential.
Numerous Vorarbeiten to the Lactantius book have already appeared and more are in the works as well as a collection of papers from a Lactautius conference held in Spring 2000.
I have written on a number of other Late Antique topics, particularly in connection with the revolutionary generation which saw Constantine establish Christianity as the dominant religion of the Roman world, and also in connection with travels in central and eastern Turkey.
cnes.cla.umn.edu /faculty/Nicholson.html   (583 words)

 CLST 277-001: The World of Late Antiquity - study questions
Review the relevant paragraphs of Cameron's chapter on "Sources" in order to help classify Lactantius, On the Manner in which the Persecutors Died, as a source for the Tetrarchic criminalization of Christian faith.
Trace shared ideas within the claims for divine support made on Constantine's behalf by the Panegyrist of 310 (Lee, item #4.1), Lactantius, and Eusebius in his Life of Constantine, and correlate them with Constantine's protracted use of solar imagery and self-representations as a divinely-supported ruler.
Review all class-discussions to date, and your notes on them (including Excursus 1, group-notes from in-class exercises, and the notes on Lactantius that put together all the groups' work).
www.luc.edu /faculty/jlong1/C277sq.htm   (6616 words)

 Tertullian : Early Printed Editions, Translations and Studies
This collection appeared a number of times later in the sixteenth century, and Parrasios version of Lactantius was used for the Aldine edition of 1515.
This is no. 32 in their collection of Aldine editions, and is a Lactantius and Apologeticus, 8° ; 348, 48 leaves; 150 x 95mm, printed by the Aldine press, and was "the first book produced by the Aldine Press after the death of its founder, Aldus Manutius.
Lactantius, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus - Nikolaus Müller (B.): Divinarvm Institvtionvm libri septem proxime castigati, et aucti.
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 CLST 277-WI: World of Late Antiquity - Writing Assignment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Review chapters I-XVI and read chapters XVII-XXXIV in On the Manner in which the Persecutors Died; identify what overall impression Lactantius gives you of the figure on whom you have been asked to focus (assignments made in class, Friday 17 September).
Take into account both the way Lactantius presents your target-character directly, explicitly, and indirect reflections such as implied comparisons with others.
Re-read I-XXXIV of On the Manner in which the Persecutors Died, and re-review your summaries: make sure you are presenting all the relevant information.
www.luc.edu /faculty/jlong1/C277we2.htm   (402 words)

 The Restoration Principle - Alfred T. DeGroot - No Historical Authority Lactantius
You will notice that Lactantius speaks of the "Pattern" of worship being "in spirit and in truth." Therefore, there is little interest in restoring a pattern which never existed.
This is why Paul clearly defined the resources of singing the inspired Word of Christ or "spirit." The method was to speak to one another and the purpose was to teach and admonish.
By denying the Word of Christ as that which must be taught and sung "as it has been taught" one might be denying that it was truly Christ (God) Who came in the flesh.
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 Creationism and the Early Church - Chapter 6
Jerome mentions that there were some who disagreed with him on this point, one of them being Lactantius.
(26) In line with his negative view of pagan culture and learning Lactantius rejected the view that the account of Noah’s flood was borrowed from the Greeks.
(39) By way of contrast Lactantius was not concerned about vindicating Noah, but rather on demonstrating that he was the inventor of wine, rather than Bacchus.
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 Amazon.com: Lactantius : Divine Institutes (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians): Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
I own the rights to this title and would like to make it available again through Amazon.
The Divine Institutes of Lactantius was a vigorous riposte to pagan criticism and persecution of Christianity, which came to a head in the "Great" Persecution of Diocletian in the early fourth century AD.
This edition has been prepared with students and scholars of intellectual history in mind, but it will also appeal to those concerned with ecclesiastical history and patristics, and to anyone interested in tracing the impact of classical philosophy and literature on an early Christian thinker.
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 Ethical Atheist - Flat Earth eBook - CHAPTER 3
A misunderstanding of Antipodes may be the primary reason that many contemporary authors misinterpret historic quotations as proof of a flat earth belief.
They state that one can easily deduce their lack of influence by the lack of references to Cosmas and Lactantius in later scholarly works.
We are not saying that Cosmas and Lactantius were as influential as Falwell, Robertson, and Swaggart.
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