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of ATHENS, one of the earliest Christian apologetic writers, was at first a philosopher, and continued such after he became a Christian. He is described by Jerome as a most eloquent man.


Aristeides' apology for Christianity, which he presented to the Emperor Hadrian about 123 or 126 A. D., was imbued with the principles of the Greek philosophy. It is said that the apology of Justin, who was also a philosopher, was, to a great extent, an imitation of that of Aristeides. The work of Aristeides is entirely lost.

Further Information

Euseb. Hist. Eccles. 4.3, Chron. Armen.; Hieron. de Vir. Illust. 20; Epist. ad Magn. Orat. 84, p. 327.


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