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Minucius Felix
Felix • Minucius
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Minucius Felix
MINUCIUS FELIX. Only one work, the Octavius, survives from this late-2d- or early-3d-century Christian apologist. Many readers regard it as the jewel of Christian Latin in the first three centuries. When contrasted with the other early apologies, its immediacy, intimacy, and informality call to mind
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Minucius Felix
Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cent.), author of the ‘Octavius’. Apparently an African, he wrote in Latin an elegant defence of Christianity in the form of a conversation between Octavius, a Christian, and Caecilius, a pagan, who was converted by the argument. The book refutes the common charges against
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Minucius Felix
Minucius Felix.—A Latin apologist. Nothing certain is known of him, but that he was a distinguished causidicus, or advocate in Rome, which occupation he pursued after his conversion to Christianity. He was a native of Africa, some say of Asia, and flourished in the first half of the third century. His
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Minucius Felix
Minucius Felix (2nd century). Author of an apology in the form of a dialogue known by the name of its protagonist, Octavius. Scholars debate whether the first Christian author in the Latin language was M. or ⇒Tertullian. In the dialogue of M., which is probably fictitious, the Christian lawyer Octavius
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Minucius Felix, Marcus
MINUCIUS FELIX, MARCUS, one of the earliest and most pleasing of the Latin Christian apologists. It may be said that nothing is known of his personal history except what may be gathered from his own book. The earliest writer to mention him by name is Lactantius (Institut. v. 1), who describes him as
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Minucius Felix
MINUCIUS FELIXMark Minucius Felix (c. 170–215) was a Roman lawyer who converted to Christianity. He composed one of the finest early Christian apologies, entitled Octavius, written in the form of a dialogue between a Christian and a pagan.Of those who are known to me, Minucius Felix was of no low rank
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Minucius Felix
MINUCIUS FELIX. An *apologist, active during the final decades of the 2nd c., or in the 3rd c. Quite a few clues lead to the conclusion that Minucius was of African origin. From a *pagan family, he converted to Christianity, and it is evident that in *Rome he took up the profession of a lawyer (*Lactantius
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
MINUCIUS FELIX. Late 2nd- or early 3rd-cent. Christian Latin apologist who wrote the dialogue Octavius. Based solely on philosophical arguments, particularly Stoicism, and drawing on a large number of classical and Christian writers, the Christian interlocutor attempts to convince his pagan opponent