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Anthony (Poet)
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The Carmen Antonii is a characteristic example of early Jewish-Christian apologetic literature, likely dating from the end of the 2nd century CE. Anthony declares he examined “all sects” and found nothing better than to believe in Christ (sed nihil inveni melius quam credere Christo). Although well educated and instructed in classical literature and religion, Anthony chooses the style of Jewish wisdom literature. The poem provides an authentic example of early Christian apologetic poetry.

At the onset of the poem, Anthony imitates the biblical book of Ecclesiastes (l. 2) plurima qu…

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van Willigen, Marten, “Anthony (Poet)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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