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OPERA GRAECE [WORKS IN GREEK]).
- [8], 331, [3]pp, folio, elaborate publisher's emblem on title, fine printing in Greek with generous margins retained, very good old style calf backed marbled boards by Trevor Lloyd, spine gilt ruled between raised bands, a few neat pencilled annotations and text a little dusty but a very good copy, "Lutetiae [ie Paris], ex officina Roberti Stephani typographi Regni, Regiis typis M.D.L.I. Cum priuilegio Regis", 1551. Renouard 79, 2. Brunet III, 623. PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. The first collected edition of the works of Saint Justin the Martyr, Christian apologist and martyr - "That wonderful man" (Tatian); "Ornament of our Faith" (Eusebius); "Unsurpassed in his knowledge of both Christian and pagan doctrines" (Photius); "One of the most original thinkers Christianity produced" (E. F.Osborn, Justin Martyr); "Most outstanding of the Apologists, the first Christian thinker to reconcile faith and reason" (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church). Justin was born c.100, of pagan parents, at Flavia Neapolis (modern Nablus) in Samaria, near the ruins of biblical Shechem. Having devoted his youth to the classical philosophers, he embraced Christianity and commenced evangelical work at Ephesus, especially among Jews, in the 130s. Moving to Rome, he ran a Christian mission throughout the reign of Antoninus Pius (138-161), numbering the future theologian Tatian among his pupils, maintaining links with ordinary Romans by living above a public bath house. His intellectual opponents included the heretic Marcionites and Valentinians, and the pagan Cynic Crescens. The last, worsted in debate, took revenge by denouncing him to the authorities as a Christian. Along with six other brethren, Justin was scourged and beheaded, c.165 under Marcus Aurelius. " [The present work is] A most important contribution to the study of Christian antiquity, and the sensation which its publication created among the learned was still remembered by Henry Estienne over 40 years later, in the preface to his own edition of Pseudo-Justin's Letter to Diognetus (1592)" (Schreiber).
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