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In this second-century defense of Christianity, Athenian philosopher Aristides explains to the Emperor why the Christian way of worship is the only philosophically adequate one.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-363-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 12,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 103
Language: German
ISBN: 978-1-61719-363-7
$115.45
$69.27

The Apology of Aristides was frequently mentioned in late antiquity, but was thought lost until the surviving Syriac version was recovered in 1889. In this second-century defense of Christianity, Athenian philosopher Aristides explains to the Emperor why the Christian way of worship is the only philosophically adequate one. He contrasts Christianity to the "barbarian" worship of the elements, Greek worship of many gods with all-too-human immoralities, and Jewish worship of the angels. The text concludes with praise of Christian virtue and condemnation of the persecution of Christianity. This translation from the Syriac version is copiously annotated and ideal for scholars of antiquity, classics, and early Christian studies.

The Apology of Aristides was frequently mentioned in late antiquity, but was thought lost until the surviving Syriac version was recovered in 1889. In this second-century defense of Christianity, Athenian philosopher Aristides explains to the Emperor why the Christian way of worship is the only philosophically adequate one. He contrasts Christianity to the "barbarian" worship of the elements, Greek worship of many gods with all-too-human immoralities, and Jewish worship of the angels. The text concludes with praise of Christian virtue and condemnation of the persecution of Christianity. This translation from the Syriac version is copiously annotated and ideal for scholars of antiquity, classics, and early Christian studies.

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Aristides of Athens

Richard Raabe

  • Vorwort (page 5)
  • Aristides (page 7)
  • Erster Anhand: Beitrage zur Textvergleichung (page 31)
  • Zweiter Anhand: Anmerkungen (page 69)