1497 Lactantius Constantine Advisor Complete OPERA Foli
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1497 Lactantius Incunabula Constantine's Christian Advisor (Priest)and friend. Complete OPERA Folio. Finely Rubricated (Gothic Scribe) and Illuminated. "Latin and Greek". see earlier versions. (Investment value: Significant Historical Incunable, Artistic: Gothic Rubrication-Illumination (Fine)
Extremely Rare. photos on request..
Main author: Lactantius, ca. 240-ca. 320.
Title details: Opera. Con: De divinis institutionibus; De ira dei; De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis; De phoenice carmen; Liber Nephytomon.
[ Works. 1497 ]
[ Prooemium L. Coelii Lactantii Firmiani divinarum institutionum adversus gentes de falsa religione ]
Published: Impressum Venetiis : per Simonem Beuilaqua[m] papiensem., Anno incarnationis d[omi]ni. M.cccc.l.xxxxvii. Die quarto Aprilis..
Leaf a1 printed on verso only, dedication from Joannis Andreas, bishop of Ohlau addressed to Pope Paul II.
Red and Blue Rubrication throughout w/ printed guide letters. Illumination is remarkable.
A page-for-page reprint of the 1493 edition of V. Benalius (Goff L11).
Other names: Bevilaqua, Simon, fl. 1485-1518, [printer.]
Referenced by: HC, 9818*.
Referenced by: Pell Ms 6995 (6947)
Referenced by: CIBN, L-13.
Referenced by: Polain(B), 4511.
Referenced by: IGI, 5630.
Referenced by: Sallander, 2293.
Referenced by: IDL, 2873.
Referenced by: Madsen, 2435, 2436.
Referenced by: Rhodes(Oxford Colleges), 1072.
Referenced by: Pr, 5401.
Referenced by: Sheppard, 4477.
Referenced by: BMC, V 522.
Language: Latin and Greek Wear: wear as seen in photos (Very Good, Complete) Binding: Original, tight and secure leather binding Pages: complete with all pages; plus indexes, colophon, opening page begins on revso of first page. Publisher: Impressum Venetiis : per Simonem Beuilaqua[m] papiensem., Anno incarnationis d[omi]ni. M.cccc.l.xxxxvii. Die quarto Aprilis.. Physical description; 12in X 8.5in (30cm x 21.5cm) History: The Very Start of The Holy Roman Empire Under Constantine, 4th Century. Lucius Caecilius Firmianus : Lactantious the Christian Priest and friend who personally advised Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century and tutored his son on Christianity, helped Constantine in his understanding of the Books of the Bible and ultimatly influnced Constantines direction of the Nicea Counsil (325AD) and the finalizing of the “New Testament,” “The Christian Bible,” Constantine decided which books would be included as it is till this day. He also tutored Constantine’s Son. The Holy Roman Empire, a Christian Empire after a thousand years of having many Gods now had one, it lasted for centuries, The changes to the Bible (The New Testament) to this day.
Contents 1 Biography 2 Works 3 External links 4 References Biography Lactantius, a Latin-speaking native of North Africa, was a pupil of Arnobius and taught rhetoric in various cities of the Eastern Roman Empire, ending in Constantinople. He wrote apologetic works explaining Christianity in terms that would be palatable to educated people who still practiced the traditional religions of the Empire, while defending Christian beliefs against the criticisms of Hellene philosophers. His Divinae Institutiones ("Divine Institutes") is an early example of a systematic presentation of Christian thought. He was considered somewhat heretical after his death, but Renaissance humanists took a renewed interest in him, more for his elaborately rhetorical Latin style than for his theology. A translator of the Divine Institutes starts his introduction as follows: Lactantius has always held a very high place among the Christian Fathers, not only on account of the subject-matter of his writings, but also on account of the varied erudition, the sweetness of expression, and the grace and elegance of style, by which they are characterized. There he associated in the imperial circle with the administrator and polemicist Sossianus Hierocles and the pagan philosopher Porphyry; here he will first have met Constantine, and Galerius, whom he cast as villain in the persecutions. Having converted to Christianity, he resigned his post before Diocletian's purging of Christians from his immediate staff and before the publication of Diocletian's first "Edict against the Christians" (February 24, 303). As a Latin rhetor he subsequently lived in poverty according to Jerome and eked out a living by writing, until Constantine I became his patron. The new emperor appointed the aged scholar in 311 or 313. The friendship of the Emperor Constantine raised him from penury and he became tutor in Latin to his son Crispus, whom Lactantius may have followed to Trier in 317, when Crispus was made Caesar (lesser co-emperor) and sent to the city.