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.


  • 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)

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