Arnobius The Elder

Arnobius The Elder

▪ Christian apologist
flourished 4th century, , Africa

      early Christian convert who defended Christianity by demonstrating to the pagans their own inconsistencies.

      Arnobius was born a pagan but had become a Christian by AD 300. He taught rhetoric at Sicca Veneria in Africa during the reign (284–305) of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Because of his former paganism, Arnobius was suspected, notably by the local bishop, and as a pledge of his conviction he composed the seven books Adversus nationes (c. 303; “Against the Pagans”). Nothing further is known about his life.

      A general defense of Christianity from pagan calumnies (books 1 and 2) is followed by attacks on Neoplatonism, anthropomorphism, and heathen mythology (books 3–5), concluding with worship of images, temples, and ceremonials (books 6 and 7).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Arnobius the Elder — Arnobius (called Afer, and sometimes the Elder ), early Christian writer, was a teacher of rhetoric at Sicca Venerea in proconsular Africa during the reign of Diocletian.His conversion to Christianity is said by Jerome to have been occasioned by… …   Wikipedia

  • Arnobius the Younger — Arnobius ( the younger ), Christian priest or bishop in Gaul, flourished about 460.He is the author of a mystical and allegorical commentary on the Psalms, first published by Erasmus in 1522, and by him attributed to the elder Arnobius.It has… …   Wikipedia

  • Arnobius — of Sicca (died c. 330 A.D.) was an Early Christian apologist, during the reign of Diocletian (284 305). [To distinguish him from a later Arnobius, of the fifth century, he is sometimes called Arnobius the Elder.] According to Jerome s Chronicle,… …   Wikipedia

  • Fathers of the Church — • The word Father is used in the New Testament to mean a teacher of spiritual things, by whose means the soul of man is born again into the likeness of Christ: Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Fathers of the Church      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Classical Latin literature in the Church — Classical Latin literature has been viewed from multiple perspectives across the history of Christianity.Early periodWhen Christianity at first appeared in Rome the instruction of youth was largely confined to the study of poets and historians,… …   Wikipedia

  • Christian views on the classics — have varied widely throughout history. Contents 1 Early period 2 Medieval period 3 References 4 Source …   Wikipedia

  • Classical Latin Literature in the Church — • This article deals only with the relations of the classical literature, chiefly Latin, to the Catholic Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Classical Latin Literature in the Church     Classic …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Christianity in the 2nd century — Ignatius of Antioch, one of the Apostolic Fathers and the third Bishop of Antioch, was considered a student of John the Apostle. En route to his martyrdom in Rome (c. 108), Ignatius wrote a series of preserved letters which are examples of late… …   Wikipedia

  • Semipelagianism — • A doctrine of grace advocated by monks of Southern Gaul at and around Marseilles after 428 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Semipelagianism     Semipelagianism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • mystery religion — Any of various secret cults of the Greco Roman world. Derived from primitive tribal ceremonies, mystery religions reached their peak of popularity in Greece in the first three centuries AD. Their members met secretly to share meals and take part… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”