Divine Institutes

Translated Texts for Historians, 40


December 1st, 2004

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The Divine Institutes of Lactantius was a vigorous riposte to pagan criticism and persecution of Christianity, which came to a head in the ‘Great’ Persecution of Diocletian in the early fourth century AD. This edition has been prepared with students and scholars of intellectual history in mind, but it will also appeal to those concerned with ecclesiastical history and patristics, and to anyone interested in tracing the impact of classical philosophy and literature on an early Christian thinker.

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Anthony Bowen is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. From 1993 to 2007 he was Orator of the University. His publications include 'Aeschylus: Suppliant Women' and 'Plutarch: The Malice of Herodotus' for the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series, as well as the translation of 'Lacantius: Divine Institutes' (Liverpool University Press, 2004).