(c. 240—320)

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Christian apologist. Lucius Caelius Firmianus Lactantius was a teacher of rhetoric at Nicomedia. He is generally thought to have been a convert to Christianity. He was tutor to Constantine's son Crispus. His main surviving works are his Divinae Institutiones, which sought to commend Christianity to men of letters and thereby for the first time set out in Latin a systematic account of the Christian attitude to life; De Opificio Dei, an attempt to prove the existence of God from the marvels of the human body; De Ira Dei, on God's punishment of human crime; and De Mortibus Persecutorum, which describes the deaths of the persecutors of the Church.

Subjects: Classical Studies — Christianity.

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