JULIUS FIRMICUS MATERNUS PDF

He was also author of the most extensive surviving text of Roman astrology , Matheseos libri octo "Eight books of astrology" written c. The Matheseos was dedicated to the governor of Campania, Lollianus Mavortius , whose knowledge of the subject inspired Firmicus, and whose encouragement supported him during the composition of this handbook. It is among the last extensive handbooks [4] of a "scientific" astrology that circulated in the West before the appearance of Arabic texts in the 12th century. About the year [8] he composed De errore profanarum religionum, which he dedicated to Constantius II and Constans , the sons of Constantine, and which is still extant. He holds up to scorn the religious beliefs and practices of pagans and implores the Emperor to stamp out the old religions as a sacred duty which will be rewarded by God. The Christian work is preserved in a single manuscript from the Bibliotheca Palatina , now in the Vatican library.

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Christian author of the fourth century; wrote a work "De errore profanarum religionum". Nothing is known about him except what can be gleaned from this work, which is found in only one manuscript Codex Vaticano-Palatinus, Saec.

Some references to the Persian Wars, and the fact that the work was addressed to the two emperors, Constantius II and Constans I, have led to the conclusion that it was composed during their joint reign The work is valuable because it gives a picture of the character which the paganism of the later Roman Empire had taken, under the stress of the new spiritual needs aroused by contact with the religions of Egypt and the East.

It aims, if one may judge from the mutilated introduction, at presenting from a philosophical and historical standpoint, reasons showing the superiority of Christianity over the superstitions and licentiousness of heathenism. In a general survey of pagan creeds and beliefs the author holds up to scorn the origin and practices of the Gentile cults. All its parts are not of equal merit or importance, from the purely historical standpoint. The first portion, in which the religions of Greece and the East are described, is merely a compilation from earlier sources, but in the latter section of the work, in which the mysteries of Eleusis, Isis, and especially Mithra are set forth in detail, with their system of curious passwords, formulae, and ceremonies, the author seems to speak from personal experience, and thus reveals many interesting facts which are not found elsewhere.

The emperors are exhorted to stamp out this network of superstition and immorality, as a sacred duty for which they will receive a reward from God Himself, and ultimately the praise and thanks of those whom they rescue from error and corruption. This theory of course supposes that the author wrote one work before, the other after, his conversion. Critical edition by Halm Vienna, in "Corpus Scrip. About this page APA citation. Healy, P. Firmicus Maternus. In The Catholic Encyclopedia.

New York: Robert Appleton Company. Healy, Patrick. New York: Robert Appleton Company, This article was transcribed for New Advent by Gerald M. Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. September 1, Remy Lafort, Censor. Farley, Archbishop of New York. Contact information. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight.

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Iulius Firmicus Maternus

Christian author of the fourth century; wrote a work "De errore profanarum religionum". Nothing is known about him except what can be gleaned from this work, which is found in only one manuscript Codex Vaticano-Palatinus, Saec. Some references to the Persian Wars, and the fact that the work was addressed to the two emperors, Constantius II and Constans I, have led to the conclusion that it was composed during their joint reign The work is valuable because it gives a picture of the character which the paganism of the later Roman Empire had taken, under the stress of the new spiritual needs aroused by contact with the religions of Egypt and the East. It aims, if one may judge from the mutilated introduction, at presenting from a philosophical and historical standpoint, reasons showing the superiority of Christianity over the superstitions and licentiousness of heathenism.

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