On Illustrious Men (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 100)
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
In 1947 the first volume of the Fathers of the Church series, The Apostolic Fathers, carried a General Foreword from Ludwig Schopp, the first Editorial Director...
Born in 347 or 348 into a prosperous Christian family of the propertied class in Stridon near Emona,1 Jerome went in 360 to Rome to undertake studies in grammar and rhetoric, where he...
On Illustrious Men
Dexter,1 you urge me that I, following the example of Tranquillus,2 prepare an orderly presentation of the ecclesiastical writers, and do for our writers what he did in chronicling eminent...
1. Simon Peter
Simon peter, the son of John,1 from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee,2 brother of Andrew the apostle,3 and himself chief of the apostles, after...
2. James, the brother of the Lord
James, who is called the brother of the Lord,1 surnamed the Just, the son of Joseph by another wife, as some think,2 but, as appears to me, the son of Mary, the sister of the mother...
3. Matthew, surnamed Levi
Matthew, surnamed Levi, first publican, then apostle, 1 composed a gospel of Christ at first published in Judea in Hebrew for the sake of those of the circumcision...
4. Jude, the brother of James
Jude, the brother of James,1 left a short epistle which is reckoned among the seven Catholic Epistles,2 and because in it he quotes from the apocryphal book...
5. Paul, formerly called Saul
Paul, formerly called Saul, an apostle1 over and above the number of the twelve apostles, was of the tribe of Benjamin and the town of Giscalis in...
6. Barnabas, surnamed Joseph
Barnabas from cyprus , surnamed Joseph the Levite,1 ordained apostle to the Gentiles with Paul,2 wrote one...
7. Luke the evangelist
Luke, a physician of Antioch,1 as his writings indicate, was not unskilled in the Greek language.2 An adherent of the apostle Paul and companion of all his journeying, he wrote...
8. Mark the evangelist
Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, wrote a short gospel at the request of the brethren at Rome, embodying what he had heard Peter tell.1 When Peter...
9. John, the apostle and evangelist
John, the apostle whom Jesus loved most,1 the son of Zebedee, and brother of the apostle James, whom Herod, after our Lord’s passion, beheaded,2 most recently of all...
Hermas,1 whom the apostle Paul mentions in writing to the Romans, “Greetings to Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brethren that are with them,”2 is reputed...
11. Philo the Jew
Philo the jew, born in Alexandria1 of a priestly stock,2 and for that reason included by us among ecclesiastical writers, because, writing a book on the first church in Alexandria of Mark the evangelist, he engaged...
12. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius annaeus seneca of Cordova,1 a disciple of the Stoic Sotion,2 and paternal uncle of the poet Lucan,3 was a man of very temperate life whom I would...
13. Josephus, son of Matthew
Josephus, son of Matthew, a priest of Jerusalem,1 made prisoner by Vespasian, was released by Vespasian’s son, Titus.2 Coming to Rome, he offered to the emperors...
14. Justus of Tiberias
Justus of Tiberias, of the province of Galilee,1 attempted also to compose A History of Jewish Events2 and certain short commentaries on the Scriptures...
15. Clement the bishop
Clement,1 of whom the apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians wrote, “with Clement and my other fellow-workers whose names are written in the book of life...
16. Ignatius the bishop
Ignatius, the third bishop of the church of Antioch after the apostle Peter,1 condemned to the beasts in the persecution begun by Trajan,2 was bound in chains and sent to...
17. Polycarp the bishop
Polycarp, a disciple of John the apostle,1 and ordained by him as bishop of Smyrna, was the leader of all of Asia,2 in that he had seen and had as teachers...
18. Papias the bishop
Papias, a disciple of John and bishop of Hierapolis in Asia,1 wrote only five volumes, entitled An Explanation of the Discourses of the Lord.2 In these, since he is asserting...
19. Quadratus the bishop
Quadratus, a disciple of the apostles, was named bishop of Athens as successor to Publius,1 when the latter was crowned with martyrdom for Christ. By his faith and zeal he reunited the church...
20. Aristides the philosopher
Aristides of Athens, a most eloquent philosopher who became a disciple of Christ without relinquishing his philosopher’s gown, was a contemporary of Quadratus. ...
21. Agrippa Castor
Agrippa, surnamed castor,1 a very learned man, refuted with great effectiveness the twenty-four vol umes of the heretic Basilides,2 which the latter had...
22. Hegesippus the historian
Hegesippus, a near contemporary of the apostles,1 compiled an account of ecclesiastical events, from the Passion of the Lord down to his own time,2 and assembled much data...
23. Justin the philosopher
Justin the philosopher,1 who continued to wear the philosopher’s garb, was born in Neapolis, a city of Palestine; his father was Priscus, son of Bacchius.2 He accomplished great feats for the religion of Christ...
24. Melito the bishop
Melito of the province of Asia, bishop of Sardis,1 presented to the emperor Marcus Antoninus Verus,2 who was a disciple of the orator Fronto,3 a volume in defense...
25. Theophilus the bishop
Theophilus, the sixth bishop of the church of Antioch,1 in the reign of the emperor Marcus Antoninus Verus,2 composed a book...
26. Apollinaris the bishop
Apollinaris, bishop of Hierapolis in Asia,1 lived during the reign of the emperor Marcus Antoninus Verus2 and presented to him an excellent work...
27. Dionysius the bishop
Dionysius, bishop of the church of Corinth, was a man of such eloquence and zeal that he instructed by letter not only the people of his own city and province...
28. Pinytus the bishop
Pinytus of Crete, bishop of the city of Knossos,1 wrote a very elegant letter To Dionysius, bishop of Corinth,2 in which he taught that the faithful should...
29. Tatian the heresiarch
Tatian,1 who first as a teacher of eloquence attained no small fame for himself for his rhetorical skill,2 became a follower of Justin Martyr,3 and flourished in the church...
30. Philip the bishop
Philip, bi shop of Crete, or rather of the city of Gortyn,1 of which Dionysius makes mention in the letter which he wrote to the church of that city...
Musanus,1 not undistinguished among those who wrote on the doctrine of the church, in the reign of the emperor Marcus Antoninus Verus,2 composed a work directed at certain brethren...
Modestus,1 who also lived in the reign of the emperor Marcus Antoninus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, wrote a work...
33. Bardesanes the heresiarch
Bardesanes was regarded as famous in Mesopotamia.1 At first he was a follower of Valentinus,2 but then became his adversary, and finally started a new heresy...
34. Victor the bishop
Victor, thirteenth bishop of the city of Rome,1 wrote On the Question of the Pasch2 and certain other works,3 and ruled the church for ten years in the time...
35. Irenaeus the bishop
Irenaeus, a priest of bishop Pothinus who governed the church of Lyons in Gaul,1 was sent to Rome as a delegate by the martyrs of that city concerning some questions of the church and brought a letter to bishop...
36. Pantaenus the philosopher
Pantaenus, a philosopher of the Stoic school,1 according to a certain ancient custom in Alexandria, where, beginning with Mark the Evangelist, there were always teachers of the...
37. Rhodo, the disciple of Tatian
Rhodo, an Asian by birth,1 educated in the Scriptures at Rome by Tatian of whom we have spoken above, composed numerous works, and especially one...
38. Clement the presbyter
Clement, a priest of the church of Alexandria,1 a student of Pantaenus, whom we have discussed already,2 after the latter’s death became director of the [catechetical] school...
Miltiades,1 of whom Rhodo makes mention in the work which he composed against Montanus, Prisca, and Maximilla, wrote an excellent volume against those
Apollonius,1 a man of great eloquence, wrote against Montanus, Prisca, and Maximilla, a distinguished lengthy work,2 in which he narrates that Montanus and...
41. Serapion the bishop
Serapion,1 ordained bishop of Antioch in the eleventh year of the emperor Commodus, wrote a letter to Caricus and Pontius concerning the heresy of...
42. Apollonius the senator, another one
Apollonius,1 a senator of the city of Rome in the reign of the emperor Commodus, denounced as a Christian by a slave, having been granted his request to...
43. Theophilus, another bishop
Theophilus, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine,1 formerly called the Tower of Strato,2 in the reign of the emperor Severus,3 in conjunction with the other bishops...
44. Bacchylus the bishop
Bacchylus, bishop of Corinth,1 distinguished during the reign of the same Severus, wrote an elegant synodal treatise,...
45. Polycrates the bishop
Polycrates, bishop of Ephesus,1 along with the other bishops of Asia Minor, who according to ancient usage celebrate the Pasch as do the Jews on the fourteenth...
In the reign of Commodus and Severus, Heraclitus composed Commentaries on the Apostle [Paul]....
In the reign of the same emperors,1 Maximus,2 in a distinguished volume, aired a famous question: “What is the origin of evil and was matter made by...
In the reign of the above-mentioned emperors, Candidus published very fine treatises...
In the reign of the emperor Severus,1 Apion2 likewise composed a treatise...
Under the same emperor, Arabianus published certain works concerned with Christian doctrine...
Judas1 discoursed at great length On the Seventy Weeks in Daniel 2 and set out a cronografivan, a Chronology,3 of past ages down to the tenth year of...
53. Tertullian the presbyter
Now finally tertullian the presbyter1 is ranked first of the Latin writers after Victor and Apollonius.2 He was from the province of Africa, from the city...
54. Origen, surnamed Adamantius, the presbyter
Origen, surnamed adamantius,1 as a result of a persecution raised against the Christians in the tenth year of Severus Pertinax,2 in which his father Leonides...
Ammonius,1 a cultured man and very well educated in philosophy, was famous at Alexandria in the same period...
56. Ambrose the deacon
Ambrose,1 at first a follower of Marcion, and then converted by Origen,2became a deacon of the church and attained great fame through his profession of faith in...
57. Trypho, the pupil of Origen
Trypho,1 a disciple of Origen, to whom he directed some letters which are extant, was very expert in the Scriptures.2 This is revealed in general in many of...
58. Minucius Felix
Minucius felix,1 a distinguished advocate in Rome, wrote a dialogue, entitled Octavius,2 in which a Christian holds a debate with a pagan...
In the time of Zephyrinus, bishop of the city of Rome, that is, in the reign of Antoninus, the son of Severus, Gaius conducted a very significant debate...
60. Beryllus the bishop
Beryllus, bishop of Bostra in Arabia,1 after having ruled the church with distinction for some time, finally lapsed into a heresy which asserted that Christ did not exist before the...
61. Hippolytus the bishop
Hippolytus,1 bishop of a church in some city, the name of which I could not discover,2 in the...
62. Alexander the bishop
When Alexander, bishop of Cappadocia,1 went to Jerusalem because of a wish to visit the holy places, and when Narcissus, bishop of the same city,2 already a very...
63. Julius the African
Julius Africanus,1 whose Chronicles in five volumes2 are extant, in the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, the successor of Macrinus,3 undertook...
64. Geminus the presbyter
Geminus, a priest of the church of Antioch, composed a few monuments to his genius, living in the reign of the emperor Alexander with Zebennus, bishop...
65. Theodorus, surnamed Gregory, the bishop
Theodorus, later called Gregory,1 bishop of Neocaesarea, in Pontus,2 while still in his youth went along with his brother Athenodorus from Cappadocia...
66. Cornelius the bishop
Cornelius, bishop of the city of Rome,1 to whom Cyprian directed eight letters still in existence,2 wrote...
67. Cyprian the bishop
Cyprian,1 a native of Africa, at first taught rhetoric with distinction,2 then, on the advice of Caecilius, a priest who gave him his surname,3 he became a Christian...
68. Pontius the deacon
Pontius, deacon of Cyprian, endured exile with him up to the day of his death, and left an important volume...
69. Dionysius the bishop
Dionysius, bishop of the city of Alexandria, as a presbyter directed the school of catechetics...
70. Novatian the heresiarch
Novatian, a priest of the city of Rome,1 having attempted to seize the episcopal see of Cornelius,2 established the teachings of the Novatians, who in Greek are...
71. Malchion the presbyter
Malchion, a most eloquent priest of the church of Antioch, a city in which he had taught rhetoric with great distinction, held a disputation, with stenographers...
72. Archelaus the bishop
Archelaus, bishop of Mesopotamia, composed a work in Syriac concerning the debate which he had against Mani, who came from Persia. This work....
73. Anatolius the bishop
Anatolius of alexandria, bishop of Laodicea in Syria,1 lived in the reign of the emperors Probus and Carus.2 He was a man of prodigious learning in arithmetic...
74. Victorinus the bishop
Victorinus, bishop of Poetovio,1 did not know Latin as well as he did Greek;2 as a result, his works, which are excellent in content, seem inferior in composition...
75. Pamphilus the presbyter
Pamphilus, a priest,1 a close friend of Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea,2 was on fire with such love for the sacred library,3 that he copied with his own hand the...
76. Pierius the presbyter
Pierius, a priest of the church of Alexandria,1 in the reign of the emperors Carus and Diocletian,2 at the same time when Theonas3 was bishop of Alexandria...
77. Lucian the presbyter
Lucian, a very cultivated man, a priest of the church of Antioch,1 so applied himself to the study of the Scriptures that down to this day some of the copies...
78. Phileas the bishop
Phileas, from the Egyptian city called Thmuis, a man of noble family and not inconsiderable means, after becoming bishop, composed a most elegant book...
79. Arnobius the rhetorician
Arnobius,1 in the reign of the emperor Diocletian, 2 taught rhetoric with great success in Sicca, Africa, and wrote volumes...
80. Firmianus the rhetorician, surnamed Lactantius
Firmianus, also called Lactantius,1 a disciple of Arnobius, summoned to Nicomedia under Diocletian, along with the grammarian Flavius,2 whose verse compositions...
81. Eusebius the bishop
Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine,1 extremely industrious in the study of the Sacred Scriptures,2 and, with Pamphilus the martyr a diligent researcher of the...
82. Reticius the bishop
Reticius, bishop of the Aedui, or more precisely of Autun,1 was held in great esteem in Gaul in the reign of Constantine.2...
83. Methodius the bishop
Methodius, bishop of Olympus in Lycia,1 and later of Tyre, in a limpid and elegant style composed works...
84. Juvencus the presbyter
Juvencus, a Spaniard1 of very noble family, and a priest, translating into hexameter verse almost word for word the four Gospels,2published them in four volumes...
85. Eustathius the bishop
Eustathius, who came from Side in Pamphylia,1 first ruled a church of Beroea in Syria,2 and then that of Antioch,3 and having composed many works against...
86. Marcellus the bishop
Marcellus, bishop of Ancyra,1 lived in the reign of the emperors Constantine and Constantius,2 and wrote many works on different subjects, and especially...
87. Athanasius the bishop
Athanasius, bishop of the city of Alexandria,1 having endured many sufferings as a result of the intrigues of the Arians,2 sought refuge with Constans, the governor...
88. Antony the monk
Antony, the hermit of whom Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, composed a Life in an excellent volume, sent seven letters of apostolic sense and preaching...
89. Basil the bishop
Basil, bishop of Ancyra, by profession a physician,1 wrote...
90. Theodorus the bishop
Theodorus, bishop of Heraclea in Thrace1 during the reign of the emperor Constantius,2 published...
91. Eusebius, another bishop
Eusebius of Emesa,1 who had a fine rhetorical talent, composed innumerable works suited to elicit popular approval; and his historical writings, following more...
92. Triphylius the bishop
Triphylius, bishop of Ledra, or Leucosia,1 in Cyprus, was the most eloquent man of his time and enjoyed the most widespread fame during the reign of the emperor...
93. Donatus the heresiarch
Donatus, from whom the Donatists throughout Africa1 got their name, during the reigns of the emperors, Constantine and Constantius,2 asserting that the Scripture...
94. Asterius the philosopher
Asterius, a philosopher of the Arian sect, in the reign of Constantius, wrote commentaries...
95. Lucifer the bishop
Lucifer, bishop of Cagliari,1 who had been sent, with Pancratius and Hilarion, clerics of the church of Rome, as a delegation in defense of the faith, by Bishop Liberius2...
96. Eusebius, another bishop
Eusebius, whose place of origin was Sardinia, was a lector in the city of Rome. He was bishop of Vercelli.1 He was exiled for his profession of faith to Scythopolis and from there to Cappadocia by the emperor...
97. Fortunatianus the bishop
Fortunatianus, an african by origin,1 and bishop of Aquileia in the reign of the emperor Constantius, 2 wrote...
98. Acacius the bishop
Acacius,1 whom, because he was blind in one eye they nicknamed “the one-eyed,” bishop of the church of Caesarea in Palestine,2 composed seventeen volumes...
99. Serapion the bishop
Serapion, bishop of Thmuis,1 who because of his great learning earned the surname Scholasticus,2 was a friend of Antony3 the hermit and published an important...
100. Hilary the bishop
Hilary, bishop of the city of Poitiers,1 [in the province] of Aquitaine, was exiled to Phrygia as a result of a synod in Béziers, by a faction of...
101. Victorinus the rhetorician
Marius victorinus, an African1 by birth, taught rhetoric at Rome in the reign of the emperor Constantius,2 and in extreme old age converted to the Christian...
102. Titus the bishop
In the reign of the emperors Julian and Jovian,1 Titus, bishop of Bostra,2 wrote [two] spirited works...
103. Damasus the bishop
Damasus, bishop of the city of Rome,1 had a splendid talent for composing verses2 and published many short compositions in...
104. Apollinaris the bishop
Apollinaris, bishop of Laodicea in Syria,1 son of a priest,2 in his youth devoted himself chiefly to the study of grammar, but later turned to the Sacred...
105. Gregory the bishop
Gregory, a native of Baetica in Spain,1 was bishop of Elvira2 and up to extreme old age composed different tracts in a middle...
106. Pacian the bishop
Pacian, bishop of Barcelona1 in the Pyrenean mountains, a man of sober eloquence, and distinguished both for his mode of conduct and for his speech, wrote various works, including...
107. Photinus the heresiarch
Photinus, a native of Galatia,1a disciple of Marcellus2 and ordained bishop of Sirmium,3 endeavored to revive the Ebionite4 heresy and, after he was expelled...
108. Phoebadius the bishop
Phoebadius, bishop of Agen in Gaul,1 published a volume, Against the Arians.2 Other works of his are said to exist which I have not read. 2. He survives in extreme old age to...
109. Didymus the Blind
Didymus of Alexandria,1 while still quite young, became blind2 and as a result never learned the alphabet. He presented to all an extraordinary proof of his...
110. Optatus the bishop
Optatus, an African, bishop of Milevis,1 on the Catholic side,2 under the emperors Valentinianus and Valens,3 wrote six books against the calumny of the Donatist...
111. Acilius Severus the senator
Acilius severus, of spanish origin, and from the well-known family of Severus to whom Lactantius directed two books of letters, wrote compositions in...
112. Cyril the bishop
Cyril, bishop of Jerusalem,1 many times excommunicated from his church2 but finally reinstated under the emperor Theodosius,3 held the episcopacy uninterruptedly...
113. Euzoius the bishop
Euzoiusuzoius1 as a young man was educated at Caesarea at the school of the rhetor Thespesius,2 and had Gregory of Nazianzus, a bishop,3as a fellow student. He later...
114. Epiphanius the bishop
Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis in Cyprus, wrote Against All Heresies1 and many other works2 which are eagerly read by the more learned for their content
115. Ephrem the deacon
Ephrem, deacon of the church of Edessa,1 composed many works in Syriac2 and came to enjoy such prestige that his works are read publicly after the Scripture...
116. Basil, another bishop
Basil, bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia,1 which was formerly called Mazaca, composed excellent works: Against Eunomius;2 a work...
117. Gregory, another bishop
Gregory of Nazianzus, a bishop, a man of outstanding eloquence,1 was my teacher, and I learned the Scriptures at his school.2 He composed all his works in about...
118. Lucius the bishop
Lucius, a bishop of the Arian party, governed the church of Alexandria after Athanasius,1 until Theodosius, after he became emperor, expelled him.2...
119. Diodore the bishop
Diodore, bishop of Tarsus,1 while still a priest at Antioch achieved great fame. Works of his that are extant include his...
120. Eunomius the heresiarch
Eunomius, bishop of the Arian faction in Cyzicus,1 lapsed into such open blasphemy in his own heresy as to proclaim in public what the others were covering up. He is said to live...
121. Priscillian the bishop
Priscillian, bishop of Avila,1 who, at the instigation of the faction of Hydatius and Ithacius, was killed at Trier by Maximus2 the tyrant, published many works, some of which survive to the present...
Latronianus, who originated from the province of Spain,1 was a man of great learning and worthy to be compared with the ancients as a composer in verse. He, too, was put to death at Trier, along with Priscillian...
Tiberianus from baetica [in Spain],1 to dispel a suspicion which associated him with the heresy of Priscillian,2 wrote an Apology in a turgid...
124. Ambrose the bishop
Ambrose, bishop of Milan,1 continues writing down to the present day.2 Concerning him I postpone judgment in that he is still alive3 lest I get blamed for flattery, on the one hand,...
125. Evagrius the bishop
Evagrius, bishop of Antioch,1 a man of keen and extraordinary intelligence, while still a priest read to me tractates on diverse uJpoqevsewn, subjects, which he had not yet...
126. Ambrose, the disciple of Didymus
Ambrose of Alexandria,1 a disciple of Didymus,2 wrote a long, drawn-out work against Apollinaris, On Dogmas, and also Commentaries on Job, as someone told me lately. He is still alive....
127. Maximus, at first philosopher, then bishop
Maximus the philosopher, born in Alexandria,1 was ordained bishop of Constantinople,2 and then exiled. 3 He wrote a distinguished volume against the Arians, entitled...
128. Another Gregory, also a bishop
Gregory, bishop of Nyssa,1 brother of Basil of Caesarea, 2 a few years ago read to me and to Gregory of Nazianzus3 his books, Against Eunomius,4 and he...
129. John the presbyter
John, a priest of the church of Antioch,1 a disciple of Eusebius of Emesa2 and of Diodore,3 is said to have composed many works; the only one of which I have read is...
130. Gelasius the bishop
Gelasius, 1 who succeeded Euzoius as bishop of Caesarea in Palestine,2 is said to have composed certain works in an accurate and precise style,3 but refrained from publishing them.4...
131. Theotimus the bishop
Theotimus, bishop of Tomi in Scythia, has published short treatises in the form of dialogues1 and in the old style of incisi.2 I hear that he has composed other...
132. Dexter, son of Pacian, now praetorian prefect
Dexter, son of Pacian,1 of whom we have already spoken, a man of social distinction and a devotee of the Christian faith,2 is said to have composed a...
133. Amphilochius the bishop
Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium, lately read to me a book, On the Holy Spirit,1arguing that He is God and that He is to be worshipped, and that He is...
Sophronius, an extremely learned man while still a youth, composed Praises of Bethlehem1 and, more recently, a distinguished volume...
135. Jerome the presbyter
Jerome, son of Eusebius, 1born in the town of Stridon which, overrun by the Goths, was once a border town between Dalmatia and Pannonia...
Page Count: 243
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 647916507
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