Then who can hope to know what my feelings were, to hear this armor- plated ass start in on it again, in the murky twilight of tradition, before the dawn of history, while even Lactantius
might be referred to as "the late Lactan- tius," and the Crusades wouldn't be born for five hundred years yet?
, the third century church father, wrote: "It is always unlawful to put to death a human being, whom God willed to be a sacred animal.
According to Tertullian, it was "the highest virtue"; Lactantius
saw it as "the greatest of all virtues," and Origen called patience "the virtue [that is] peculiarly ours.
20) Although sympathetic to Tertullian's concerns, Lactantius
also saw the liberal arts as a means to acquiring both the eloquence needed to persuade others of Christian truth and as a way to better understand the moral order of the universe.
He suggests that the early Latin Fathers, Tertullian and Lactantius
, who were lawyers, are the ones who gave the legal cast to subsequent Latin theology (95).
5:14-15), (16) and the theologian Lactantius
The fall or Rome was as a fall of the whole world, as the historian Lactantius
says in the IV century that "soon ruin will fall on this world, but as long as Rome is there, no fear of this ruin".
St Jerome, to be sure, is no inconsequential figure, but Greenblatt focuses most of his attention on Lactantius
and Peter Damian.
In the early fourth century, Lactantius
(1994) defended the anger of God against the Epicurean and Stoic notion that the gods are uninvolved with human affairs and so there is no punishment after this life and so no reason to fear death or the gods.
20) The philosopher Lactantius
could see this: "It is always unlawful to put to death a man, whom God willed to be a sacred animal .
Rejected by Suarez, the view that God makes Himself finds some support in the works of Lactantius
and Jerome, and is explicitly defended by Taurellus.
The present volume does not even mention Lactantius