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Anthony (Poet)
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The Carmen Antonii is a characteristic example of early Jewish-Christian apologetic literature (Apologetics), likely dating from the end of the 2nd century CE (in the following explanation of this poem the serial succession of lines has been followed). 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 ex…

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van Willigen, Marius A., “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 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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