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Philo in other Latin authors

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Of the great 4th century Church fathers who wrote in Latin, Jerome had by far the most contact with the East. Philo Christianus is mentioned some fifteen times in the vast body of Jerome's writings. Of these references the most extensive and important is the chapter in De viris illustribus, the compendium of biographical notices of leading Christian authors which Jerome published in 393.5 Philo is in very select company here, for he is one of only three non Christians included. Living in northern Africa for all but five years of his life, Augustine's situation was very different to that of Ambrose and Jerome Augustine only mentions Philo's name once in all his vast corpus of writings. This is, however, a very interesting text, which has given rise to some controversy. After Augustine direct and knowledgeable acquaintance with Philo's writings and thought fades fast in the West.

Keywords: Augustine; De viris illustribus; Jerome; Latin authors; Philo Christianus



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