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Juvencus, a Spaniard of very noble birth, a priest, rendered the four gospels in hexameter verses almost word for word, composed four books, and wrote several further (now lost) works in the same metre pertaining to the order of mysteries. He flourished under the emperor Constantine.

Almost everything that is known about Juvencus (Caius Vettius Aquilinus Iuvencus; fl. 329 CE) is contained in the entry about him in Jerome’s short work De viris illustribus (“On Famous Men,” Jer. Vir. ill. 84). Juvencus’ dedication of the work t…

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Green, Roger, “Juvencus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921

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