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Tertullianus & Son?

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This chapter presents the story of a hypothetical father and son who may in fact have had no relationship to each other. It is argued that Tertullianus cannot be identified with Tertullian and that there are numerous reasons why this is so. By analysing what can be retrieved of the writings of Tertullianus the jurist in his Roman context, one can see something of the lesser provincial jurist at work in the imperial capital, reacting with distinguished contemporaries, and, perhaps, returning home to spread more widely the legal culture of empire. Moreover, if Tertullianus was indeed the fatherand paterfamiliasof the Christian writer, then we see the future convert reared in a provincial household with strong connections to Italy and Rome, imbued with the most Roman of cultures, those of rhetoric and law.

Keywords: jurist; Tertullianus



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