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Ancient historians and church fathers alike referred to ancient Libya as one of the three continents of the world, along with Europe and Asia (world map of Anaximander of Miletus (d. 545 CE); Hdt. 2.10; Plin. Nat. 5.1; Or. Cels. 8.72; Eus. Vita Const. 3.7; Thdt. Hist. eccl. 1.25.12; 5.1.2). Its territory covered most of what today we would call the continent of North-Afric…

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Elowsky, Joel, “Libya”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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