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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume VI: Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius and Minor Writers, Methodius, Arnobius.

The Early Church Fathers is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available in English to the student of the Christian Church. These documents provide the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

Contents of Ante-Nicene Fathers VI

Gregory Thaumaturgus

A Declaration of Faith

A Metaphrase of the Book of Ecclesiastes

Canonical Epistle

The Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen

A Sectional Confession of Faith

On the Trinity

Twelve Topics on the Faith

On the Subject of the Soul

Four Homilies on the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary

On All the Saints

On the Gospel according to Matthew

Dionysius of Alexandria

From the Two Books on the Promises

From the Books on Nature

From the Books against Sabellius

Epistle to Dionysius Bishop of Rome

The Epistle to Bishop Basilides

Epistles or Fragments of Epistles

Exegetical Fragments

Julius Africanus

The Epistle to Aristides

Narrative of Events Happening in Persia on the Birth of Christ

The Extant Fragments of the Five Books of the Chronography of Julius Africanus

The Passion of St. Symphorosa and Her Seven Sons

Anatolius of Laodicea

The Paschal Canon of Anatolius of Alexandria

Fragments of the Books on Arithmetic

Alexander of Cappadocia

From the Epistles of Alexander

Theognostus of Alexandria

From His Seven Books of Hypotyposes or Outlines

Pierius of Alexandria

A Fragment of a Work of Pierius on the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians

A Section on the Writings of Pierius

Theonas of Alexandria

The Epistle of Theonas, Bishop of Alexandria, to Lucianus, the Chief Chamberlain


Fragments of the Epistle of Phileas to the People of Thmuis

The Epistle of the Same Phileas of Thmuis to Meletius, Bishop of Lycopolis

Pamphilus of Caesarea

An Exposition of the Chapters of the Acts of the Apostles

Malchion of Antioch

The Epistle Written by Malchion, in Name of the Synod of Antioch, against Paul of Samosata.

Fragments Apparently of the Same Epistle of the Synod of Antioch

From the Acts of the Disputation Conducted by Malchion against Paul of Samosata

A Point in the Same Disputation


The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes

Alexander of Lycopolis

Of the Manichaeans

Peter of Alexandria

The Genuine Acts of Peter

The Canonical Epistle, with the Commentaries of Theodore Balsamon and John Zonaras

Fragments from the Writings of Peter

Alexander of Alexandria

Epistles on the Arian Heresy

Methodius of Olympus

The Banquet of the Ten Virgins

Concerning Free-Will

From the Discourse on the Resurrection


Oration concerning Simeon and Anna

Oration on the Psalms

Three Fragments from the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ

Some Other Fragments of the Same Methodius


The Seven Books of Arnobius against the Heathen (Adversus Gentes)

Author Bios

Theognostus of Alexandria

Theognostus was a late 3rd century Alexandrian theologian. He is known from quotes by Athanasius and Photios I of Constantinople. Philip of Side says that he presided over the school of Alexandria after Pierius (AD 265). Although a disciple of Origen of Alexandria no reference of him can be found by Eusebius or Jerome. The main textual point of reference is derived from Athanasius.

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Pamphilus the Theologian

Pamphilus the Theologian was probably a late sixth century Palestinian compiler writing in the aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon and the fall-out this produced in the eastern Christian provinces. His work is in the form of questions and answers illustrating the points at issue at the Council and subsequently, i. e. in the form of chapters dealing with points such as: hypostasis, ousia, physis, and other points at debate between neo-Chalcedonians and Monophysites.

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Malchion, a Church Father and presbyter of Antioch during the reigns of Emperors Claudius II and Aurelian, was a well-known rhetorician most notable for his key role in the 272 deposition of the heretical bishop of Antioch, Paul of Samosata. He was very familiar with and frequently quoted pagan authors. and was president of the faculty of rhetoric while presbyter of Antioch.

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Arnobius of Sicca (died c. 330) was an Early Christian apologist, during the reign of Diocletian (284–305). According to Jerome’s Chronicle, Arnobius, before his conversion, was a distinguished Numidian rhetorician at Sicca Veneria (El Kef, Tunisia), a major Christian center in Proconsular Africa, and owed his conversion to a premonitory dream. Arnobius writes dismissively of dreams in his surviving book, so perhaps Jerome was projecting his own respect for the content of dreams.

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