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Altercatio Heracliani
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The Altercatio Heracliani cum Germinio is a brief Latin dialogue, purportedly recounting a public debate that took place on Friday, Jan 13, 366 CE, in the Balkan city of Sirmium between the local bishop, Germinius, and a trio of Christian laymen, led by an otherwise obscure individual named Heraclianus. A critical edition was published in 1883 (Caspari, 1883, 133–147), based on two manuscripts from the 10th and 12th centuries, in which this text is preserved alongside a selection of the works of Augustine of Hippo (Simonetti, 1967, 39n1)…

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Flower, Richard, “Altercatio Heracliani”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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