Marcus Minucius Felix


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Marcus Minucius Felix was one of the earliest of the Latin apologists for Christianity.

Of his personal history nothing is known, and even the date at which he wrote can be only approximately ascertained as between 150 and 270 AD. Jerome's De Viris Illustribus #58 speaks of him as "Romae insignis causidicus," but in that he is probably only improving on the expression of ... more »

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  • ''You punish crimes committed, with us the thought of crime is a sin; you fear the voice of witness, we the sole voice of conscience.''
    Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 35. 6, trans. by G.H. Rendell.
  • ''The body in the grave is like the tree in winter; they conceal their greenness under a show of dryness.... We too must wait for the springtime of the body.''
    Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cent. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 34. 11, trans. by G.H. Rendell.
  • ''We do not preach great things but we live them.''
    Marcus Minucius Felix (late 2nd or early 3rd ce, Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 38. 6, trans. by G.H. Rendell.
  • ''The poor man is he who, having much, craves for more.''
    Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 36. 4, trans. by G.H. Rendell.
  • ''Lust gratifies its flames in the chambers of the sacristans more often than in the houses of ill-fame.''
    Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 25. 11, trans. by G.H. Rendell.
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