(Firmianus Lactantius; first names Lucius Caelius [or Caecilius]; ca. 240/260ca. 320/340). Christian apologist; b. probably N Afr. [or It.?] of heathen parents; pupil of Arnobius*; taught rhetoric at Nicomedia (modern Izmit, Turkey); became Christian perhaps ca. 300. Works include De mortibus persecutorum; Epitome divinarum institutionum; De origine erroris; De justitia; De ira dei.
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