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Firmicus Maternus
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Details about the life of Firmicus Maternus (fl. mid-4th cent. CE) are rare and found only within his own texts. The manuscripts state his full name as Julius Firmicus Maternus, and he is noted to be of senatorial rank vir clarissimus. He does not appear to be part of an old senatorial family, and it has been noted that he may have been promoted to the rank of senator for the new capital at Constantinople (Bram, 1975, 2). Although no family members are referen…

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Mace, Hannah, “Firmicus Maternus”, 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 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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