b. AD 240 – d. AD 320 • Apologist • Historian
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Lactantius (c. 250–c. 325), Christian apologist. A pupil of *Arnobius, Lucius Caelius Firmianus Lactantius was appointed by *Diocletian as a teacher of rhetoric at Nicomedia. He is generally thought to have been a convert to Christianity, but the date of his conversion is disputed; he had certainly lost
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Lactantius (c. 250–c. 324)
Lactantius (c. 250–c. 324)Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius was born in North Africa. There he studied with Arnobius, the author of a lengthy attack on paganism called Against the Nations written after his conversion c. 295. Lactantius became a teacher of rhetoric, and as such, he was intimately
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Lactantius.—Christian writer. He was born, probably in Italy, of heathen parents, about the middle of the third century. He attained to great eminence as a teacher of rhetoric. Having in the meantime embraced Christianity, Constantine called him to become the preceptor of his eldest son Crispus. Lactantius
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Lactantius (ca. 250–ca. 318). His real name was Lucius Cecilius Firmianus. A native of Africa, he studied with ⇒Arnobius and then moved to Asia Minor, where he lectured on rhetoric in Nicomedia. The persecution of Diocletian forced him to flee, and he experienced times of great need. After the Edict
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
LactantiusLactantius (c. 250–c. 325) is generally thought to have been a convert to Christianity. The emperor Constantine appointed him to be tutor to his son. His main work is The Divine Institutes, which he began to write in 305–311, using the language and style of Cicero, but constituting a Christian
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
LACTA′NTIUS. Notwithstanding the high reputation enjoyed by this father, no sure record has been preserved by which we can determine either his exact name, or the place of his nativity, or the date of his birth. In modern works we find him usually denominated Lucius Coelius Firmianus Lactantius; but
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Lactantius (ca. 240–ca. 320). When Emperor Diocletian established his capital at Nicomedia, he invited Lucius Caelius Firmianus Lactantius, probably from North Africa, to teach rhetoric there. Lactantius converted to Christianity and lost his position. Later, Emperor Constantine chose Lactantius as tutor
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
LACTANTIUS (ca. 260–ca. 330). The principal source concerning the life and works of Lucius Caecilius (Caelius, acc. to other witnesses of the MS tradition of his works) Firmianus Lactantius is *Jerome (Vir. ill. 80): “Firmianus, also called Lactantius, disciple of Arnobius, taught rhetoric at Nicomedia,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LACTANTIUS. A Christian Latin apologist born in North Africa (ca. 240–ca. 325 ce). He was appointed by Diocletian as teacher of Latin rhetoric in Nicomedia, but was removed when Diocletian began to persecute Christians. His chief apologetic work, The Divine Institutes, dates from this period. After the
Who’s Who in Christian History
Lactantius (c. 240-c. 320)Christian apologist and historian; most frequently reported of the Latin Fathers of the ChurchVery little is known about Lactantius’s life. Born probably in North Africa, and said to have been a pupil of Arnobius, he was in mid-life appointed by the emperor Diocletian as a