No one knows whether the octavius is fiction or nonfiction. Full text of the octavius of minucius felix internet archive. The name minucius felix has been found on inscriptions at tebessa and carthage cor. Read this work originally printed in 1885, the tenvolume set, antenicene fathers, brings together the work of early christian thinkers. Iv, minucius felix, the octavius of minucius felix by minucius felix, translated by robert ernest wallis chapter 11.
I had purchased felix s the octavius alongside a work by patrick brantlinger entitled dark vanishings. Minucius felix the catholic encyclopedia religionfacts. The sacred writings of minucius felix annotated edition. Initsattempted amalgamationofdeities,syncretism,sofarfromre conciling. A commentary on selected sections of the octavius of minucius.
Apr 17, 2012 if, on the other hand, tertullian borrowed from minucius, the octavius was written probably about the year 166, and minucius flourished in the reign of marcus aurelius. Minucius felix serves as moderator and narrator of the dialogue. Antenicene fathersvolume ivminucius felixthe octavius of. Nov 12, 2015 caecilius natalis was a native of cirta.
The octavius by minucius felix is an apology for the christian religion. The author hardly anything is known of marcus minucius felix, author of the octavius, and competitor with lactantius for the title of the christian cicero. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Christian apologist, flourished between 160 and 300. His octavius has numerous points of agreement with the apologeticum of tertullian, similarities that have been explained by the theory of a common source an apology written in latin, and which is supposed to have disappeared without leaving any trace, not even in the name of its author. The two authors featured in this volume composed defenses of the christian faith in latin around the turn of the third century. Either way, minucius felix, an otherwise unknown christian from the 2nd or early 3rd century, ably defends christianity against roman arguments, superstition, and rumors. The octavius of minucius felix this file has been downloaded from. An xml version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer perseus any modifications you make. The harshness and provincialism, with the graecisms, if not the mere tertullianism, of tertullian, deprive him of high claims to be classed among latin writers, as such. Sic nos denique non notaculo corporis, ut putatis, sed innocentiae ac modestiae signo facile dinoscimus. Cogitanti mihi et cum animo meo octavi boni et fidelissimi contubernalis memoriam recensenti tanta dulcedo et adfectio hominis inhaesit, ut ipse quodammodo mihi viderer in praeterita redire, non ea quae iam transacta et decursa sunt, recordatione revocare. Minucius felix was a roman advocate, rhetorician, and christian apologist.
It also contains the work of other church fathers from latin christianity minucius felix and commododianus. Roman lawyer, he wrote the octavius, a dialogue on providence and christianity in general, between the skeptic pagan caecilius natalis and the christian octavius januarius, minucius friend. Jul 19, 2011 open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Read the sacred writings of minucius felix by minucius felix available from rakuten kobo. Though tertullian is the founder of latin christianity, his contemporary minucius felix gives to christian thought its earliest clothing in latinity. Like justin martyr, marcus minucius felix did not have a leadership role in the church. Publication date 1919 topics apologetics publisher.
A roman lawyer, he wrote the octavius, a dialogue on providence and christianity in general, between the skeptic pagan caecilius natalis and the christian octavius januarius, minucius friend. Download pdf octavius free online new books in politics. A commentary on selected sections of the octavius of minucius felix the purpose of this study is to consider, in lemmatic commentary form, some of the objections to christian belief raised by the pagan, caecilius and the corresponding responses and counterarguments adduced by octavius, the christian, in the octavius of minucius felix. The gens minucia was widely spread at rome, and an inscription gruter, p. Octavius by marcus minucius felix sol i c i t o r a philosophical dialogue qve bec by samizdat year of our lord, mmxvii. In it a pagan and a christian discuss the merits of christian life. Minucius felix internet encyclopedia of philosophy. Please help support the mission of new advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Minucius felixs octavius and early christian apologetics lactantius, writing during the reign of diocletian, extolled the octavius for championing the truth and.
Download the apologies of justin martyr tertullian and minutius felix or read online books in pdf, epub, tuebl, and mobi format. Of minucius, an early christian writer of unknown date, we have only octavius, a vigorous and readable debate between an unbeliever and a christian friend of minucius, octavius ianuarius, a lawyer sitting on the seashore at ostia. Of his personal history nothing is known, and even the date at which he wrote can be only approximately ascertained. The sacred writings of minucius felix annotated edition download the sacred writings of minucius felix annotated edition ebook pdf or read online books in pdf, epub, and mobi format. It is written in the form of a dialogue between the pagan caecilius natalis and the christian octavius januarius, a provincial lawyer, the friend and fellowstudent of the author. In particular, it brings together the writings of the early church fathers prior to the fourth century nicene. He wrote octavius, a dialogue between a christian octavius januarius and.
If, on the other hand, tertullian borrowed from minucius, the octavius was written probably about the year 166, and minucius flourished in the reign of marcus aurelius. Liinuciusfelix,marcusofthedialogue,isfirstmentioned bylactantiusinstit. This short apology, or defense of the christian faith, is the sole surviving work of marcus minucius felix. Perhaps no late work, either pagan or christian, reminds us of the golden days of latin prose so much as the octavius of minucius felix. Minucius felix encyclopedia volume catholic encyclopedia. Antenicene fathersvolume ivminucius felixintroductory note. It has long been known that some of the passages in the octavius of minucius felix seem to be related to some in tertullians apologeticum. Nothing is known of his personal history, and even the date at which he wrote can be only approximately ascertained as between ad 150 and 270. Octavius of minucius felix by felix read online download listen summary formats about summary.
Download pdf the sacred writings of minucius felix. What is not sacred download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi. Minucius felix, christian apologist, flourished between 160 and 300. The translations are fairly literal, providing both readers and scholars with a good approximation of the originals. He wrote octavius, a dialogue between a christian octavius januarius and a pagan caecilius natalis. This volume continues with the works of tertullian, compiling a series of his shorter treatises. Marcus minucius felix christian apologist britannica. Marcus minucius felix, one of the earliest christian apologists to write in latin. Minucius felix wikisource, the free online library.
Of the literary character of the dialogue, it is sufficient to quote the testimony of the late dean milman. The octavius of minucius felix early christian writings. Adolf ebert in his paper, tertullians verhaltniss zu minucius felix, leipzig, 1868. Click download or read online button to get the sacred writings of minucius felix annotated edition book now. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. The later date was the one adopted by earlier critics, and the reasons for it are well given by mr. Publication date 1919 topics apologetics history early church, ca. Octavius is an early writing in defense of christianity by marcus minucius felix. You can read his own confession at the end, chapters fortyone and fortytwo. Click download or read online button to the sacred writings of minucius felix annotated edition book pdf for free now. The octavius of minucius felix by minucius felix, marcus. Like lactantius, minucius was a convert to christianity. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device.
Nov 07, 2014 like justin martyr, marcus minucius felix did not have a leadership role in the church. The octavius of minucius felix chapter 1 155888 antenicene fathers vol. The date of the former is quite uncertain, as will be seen. Either tertullian dependend on this apology, making it perhaps the earliest piece of extant christian latin literature, or the author of this apology depended on tertullian. Octavius had just arrived from a foreign country where he had left his family. Antenicene fathersvolume ivminucius felixthe octavius. Nov 26, 2012 the octavius of minucius felix chapter 1 155888 antenicene fathers vol. Mar 09, 20 open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Antenicene fathersvolume ivminucius felix the octavius of minucius felixchapter 27. Click download or read online button to get the apologies of justin martyr tertullian and minutius felix book now. Caecilius natalis, on the validity and merits of pagan and christian beliefs. Minucius relates how delightful to him is the recollection of the things that had happened to him with octavius while he was associated with him at rome, and especially of this disputation. Either tertullian dependend on this apology, making it perhaps the earliest piece of.
These first following paragraphs are quotes of caecilius argument against octavius, during a debate by the sea. Click download or read online button to get what is not sacred book now. His only known work, the dialogue octavius, is one of the earliest examples of latin apologetics. In rome, minucius felix used the genre of dialogue to confront pagan opposition to christianity, and in carthage, tertullian produced an apologetical treatise as well as an open letter to a roman governor. Minucius felix, marcus, author of the dialogue octavius, which, in spite of its lack of originality, and profound theological intuition, occupies a prominent place among the ancient apologies of the latin church, both on account of its genuine enthusiasm and elegant form, and on account of the clear and pointed manner in which it presents and refutes all the various objections to. Iv, minucius felix the octavius of minucius felix minucius felix robert ernest wallis. The sacred writings of minucius felix ebook by minucius. Octavius download octavius ebook pdf or read online books in pdf, epub, and mobi format. Polytheism,initscosmopolitandevelop ments,passedsentenceonitself. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit.
Still more may the same be said of eucherius, who speaks of minucius ep. The octavius by the roman lawyer, marcus minucius felix, is an apology for christianity in the form of a dialogue between the christian octavius and the pagan caecilius on a trip from rome to ostia. The octavius of marcus minucius felix by minucius felix, marcus. Minucius f lix by minucius felix marcus most popular searching. Caecilius later converted to christianity as the result of the debate.
Minucius, felix marcus, one of the earliest if not the earliest, of the latin apologists for christianity. Minucius felix, marcus, octavius, chapter 1, section 1. Written roughly around the year 200, the essay is framed around two friendsofafriend arguing the relative merits of paganism and christianity while they sit by the sea. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app.152 741 30 321 1150 772 348 71 758 1170 1410 1534 289 1144 188 953 791 362 1350 1548 1038 1567 778 1312 1314 1610 385 1432 1352 593 1317 1003 1379 59 893 575