Minucius Felix

Christian apologist, born probably Africa; flourished between 160 and 300. He is best known by his "Octavius," a dialogue on Christianity, at Ostia, between Caecilius Natalie, a pagan, and Octavius Januarius, a Christian, wherein Caecilius is confounded, Minucius judging the debate. The persons, and possibly the dialogue, are real. The work is strongly imitative, particularly of Cicero, Seneca, and Vergil, and agrees in many respects with the "Apologeticum" of Tertullian.

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