Aristides of Athens (2nd cent.)

Author of an Apology for Christianity originally written in Greek and addressed to an unnamed emperor ( CPG 1062). The complete text is preserved only in Syriac translation, ed. with ET, J. R. Harris (1891), since the original Greek is lost apart from two 4th-cent. papyrus fragments and a much later adaptation, when the work was incorporated into the Life of Barlaam and Josaphat (a tale of Buddhist origin), ascribed to John of Damascus (ed. R. Volk, PTS 60; 2006). The unique ms. containing the Syriac text, ms. Sinai Syr. 16, should probably be dated to the 7th cent.

Sources

  • CPG 1062–1067.
  • J. R.  Harris and J. A. Robinson, The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians (Texts and Studies I.1; 1891). (Syr. with ET)
  • D. M.  Kay, in Ante-Nicene Fathers, additional vol. (1897), 259–79. (ET)
  • M.  Lattke, ‘Greek words in the Syriac text of the Apology of Aristides’, in Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone, ed. G. Kiraz, 383–403.
  • B.  Pouderon et al., Aristide, Apologie (SC 470; 2003). (with a republication of the Syr., together with what remains of the Greek original, and the Armenian and Georgian versions; accompanied by FT, an important introduction, and bibliography)
  • C. Vona, L’Apologia di Aristide (Lateranum ns 16; 1950). (IT)


How to Cite This Entry

Sebastian P. Brock, “Aristides of Athens,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay, https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aristides-of-Athens.

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Sebastian P. Brock, “Aristides of Athens,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay (Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018), https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aristides-of-Athens.

Bibliography Entry Citation:

Brock, Sebastian P. “Aristides of Athens.” In Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition. Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay. Digital edition prepared by David Michelson, Ute Possekel, and Daniel L. Schwartz. Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018. https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aristides-of-Athens.

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