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TRANSLATED BY THE
REV. C. DODGSON, M.A.
PERPETUAL CURATE OF DAR ESBURY,
LATE STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH.
APOLOGETIC AND PRACTICAL TREATISES.
JOHN HENRY PARKER:
J. G. F. AND J. RIVINGTON, LONDON.
Of the life of Tertullian little is known, except what is contained in the brief account of St. Jerome. “ Tertullian a presbyter, the first Latin writer after Victor and Apollonius, was a native of the province of Africa and city of Carthage, the son of a proconsular centurion : he was a man of a sharp and vehement temper”, flourished under Severus and Antoninus Caracalla, and wrote numerous works, which as they are generally known, I think it unnecessary to particularize. I saw at Concordia in Italy an old man named Paulus. He said that, when young, he had met at Rome with an aged amanuensis of the blessed Cyprian, who told him that Cyprian never passed a day without reading some portion of Tertullian's works, and used frequently to say, Give me my master, meaning Tertullian. After remaining a presbyter of the Church until he had attained the middle age of life, Tertullian was by the envy and contumelious treatment of the Roman clergy driven to embrace the opinions of Montanus, which he has mentioned in several of his works under the title of the New Prophecy; but he composed, expressly against the Church, the Treatises de Pudicitiâ, de Persecutione, de Jejuniis, de Monogamiâ, and six books de Ecstasi, to which he added a seventh against Apollonius. He is reported to have lived to a very advanced age, and to have composed many other works which are not extant."
* Catal. Scriptt. Eccles.
the words, however, appear to me inb" acris et vehementis ingenii." Bp. dicative of intellectual as well as of Kage's translation has been retained; moral qnalities.