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Lactantius, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus (240–330)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1568

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Kurian, G. T. 2011. Lactantius, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus (240–330). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

Abstract

Latin Christian apologist. Born in proconsular Africa, he was converted to Christianity during his stay in Bithynia. At Nicomedia, he came to know the young Constantine. Once emperor, Constantine called him to Trier in Gaul and he became the emperor's counselor and friend.

Keywords:

  • lactantius, lucius caecilius firmianus (240–330);
  • latin christian apologist;
  • apologetic work, the divinae institutiones;
  • anthropological and cosmological dualism