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Fla'vius Dexter

a Spaniard, the son of Pacian. He was praetorian praefect, and a devoted advocate of Christianity. He was a contemporary of St. Jerom, who dedicated to him his book De Viris Illustribus.


He was said, according to Jerom, to have written a book entitled Omnimoda Historia, but Jerom had not seen it. This book had been long considered as lost; when, in the end of the sixteenth century, a rumour was spread of its discovery, and a work under that title was published, first at Saragossa, A. D. 1619, and has been since repeatedly reprinted, but it is now generally regarded as a forgery.

Further Information

Hieron. De viris Illus., Praef. and 100.132, apud Fabric. Bibl. Eccles., with the notes of the editor; Cave, Hist. Lit. vol. i. p. 283, ed. Ox. 1740-43.


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