Person NameTertullian (155-230); Christian priest and rhetorician
EpithetChristian priest and rhetorician
ActivityTertullian was born in Carthage between 150 and 160 A.D. into a pagan family. He was well-educated and learned, and in circumstances which are now obscure he converted to Christianity and became a priest. His rhetorical and forceful writing style lent authority to his Christian works and gave a new vocabulary to theological Latin which would survive for centuries. Though he became alienated from the mainstream church in his later years, his works survive, including treatises on the regulation of Christian life in pagan society. He died around 230.
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