Lactantius, Lucius Cae(ci)lius Firmianus
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b. ca. AD 250 in North Africa;

d. probably AD 325 in Gaul;

Christian apologist, who, in AD 290, was summoned by Diocletian to teach rhetoric in Nicomedia; he gave up his teaching position at the start of the Great Persecution of Christians in 303. Emperor Constantinus [1] I brought him to Gaul, probably to Trier, as a tutor for his eldest son Crispus [1].


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Hubl, Christina, “Lactantius, Lucius Cae(ci)lius Firmianus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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