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Athenagoras (2nd cent. CE, year of birth and death unknown; see Jacobsen, 2014) was one of the earliest Christian apologists (Apologetics). The oldest manuscript containing his writings, Codex Parisinus Graecus 451 dating from 914 CE, introduces Athenagoras as an “Athenian, Philosopher, and Christian.” Unfortunately, this is all we know of him. A later manuscript, Codex Bodleianus Baroccianus…

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Jacobsen, Anders-Christian, “Athenagoras”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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