1651 1ed Arnobius of Sicca Adversus Gentes Diocletian PAGANISM Idol Worship ROME

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Arnobius of Sicca was a 4th-century early Christian church father who was mentioned by name in Saint Jerome as a Numidian rhetorician and dream interpreter. In fact, Jerome notes that Arnobius’s Christian conversion was due to a dream. However, Arnobius is known to have only written one work – a work dismissing dreams and paganism – ‘Adversus Gentes’.

 

Translated as ‘Against the Pagans’, this apologetic work was divided into seven distinct books and was a direct response to Diocletian’s persecution of Christians. Roman Emperor Diocletian was justifying his torture and persecution of Christians; thus, Arnobius felt it necessary to defend the monotheistic views of Christianity and condemn the idol worship in temples in the Roman Empire.

 

Other curious inclusions in this work extend to the philosophical. This work also features the first known studies of what would eventually become known as Pascal’s Wager and the argument over the existence of God. Much of the influence of these books come from the philosophy of Lucretius and Plato, rather than the Bible.

 

This 1651 first Lyon edition features the commentary and notes of Theodore Canter, Godescalc Stewech, Gebhard Elmenhorst, and most notably Antonius Thysius.

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1651 1ed Arnobius of Sicca Adversus Gentes Diocletian PAGANISM Idol Worship ROME

 

Arnobius of Sicca was a 4th-century early Christian church father who was mentioned by name in Saint Jerome as a Numidian rhetorician and dream interpreter. In fact, Jerome notes that Arnobius’s Christian conversion was due to a dream. However, Arnobius is known to have only written one work – a work dismissing dreams and paganism – ‘Adversus Gentes’.

 

Translated as ‘Against the Pagans’, this apologetic work was divided into seven distinct books and was a direct response to Diocletian’s persecution of Christians. Roman Emperor Diocletian was justifying his torture and persecution of Christians; thus, Arnobius felt it necessary to defend the monotheistic views of Christianity and condemn the idol worship in temples in the Roman Empire.

 

Other curious inclusions in this work extend to the philosophical. This work also features the first known studies of what would eventually become known as Pascal’s Wager and the argument over the existence of God. Much of the influence of these books come from the philosophy of Lucretius and Plato, rather than the Bible.

 

This 1651 first Lyon edition features the commentary and notes of Theodore Canter, Godescalc Stewech, Gebhard Elmenhorst, and most notably Antonius Thysius.

 

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ARNOBIUS, Rhetor

 

Arnobii Afri Adversus gentes libri VII : Cum recensione viri celeberrimi, & integris omnium commentariis : Ed. novissima atque omnium accuratissima.

 

Lugduni Batavorum, ex officinâ Joannis Maire, 1651. First edition published in Lyon

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [12], 255, [1]; 156, [1 blank]; [2], 191, [85]; 283, [19]
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • Size: ~8.5in X 6.75in (21.5cm x 17cm)

 

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Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

Religion

Authors

ARNOBIUS, Rhetor

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete