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Tertullian, Quintus Septimius Florens
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(c. 160–170 ce, Carthage – after 220 ce)

I. Biography

There are few references to Tertullian in the works of other Latin authors (Jer. Vir. ill. 53; Aug. De haeresibus 86). Despite the skepticism of some critics, it is possible to reconstruct his life. He was born the son of an officer stationed in Carthage. Apart from literary and legal studies, he devoted his youth to social life (Apol. 18.14; Res. 59.3); identification with the jurist of the same name cited in the Digestum appears unlikely. Jerome’s statem…

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Moreschini, Claudio, “Tertullian, Quintus Septimius Florens”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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