Quadratus of Athens
Philosopher, Deceased Person
Who is Quadratus of Athens?
Saint Quadratus of Athens is said to have been the first of the Christian apologists.He is counted among the Seventy Apostles in the tradition of the Eastern Churches.
He is said by Eusebius of Caesarea to have been a disciple of the Apostles.
In his Ecclesiastical History, Book IV, chapter 3, Eusebius records that: 1. After Trajan had reigned for nineteen and a half years Ælius Adrian became his successor in the empire. To him Quadratus addressed a discourse containing an apology for our religion, because certain wicked men had attempted to trouble the Christians. The work is still in the hands of a great many of the brethren, as also in our own, and furnishes clear proofs of the man's understanding and of his apostolic orthodoxy. 2. He himself reveals the early date at which he lived in the following words: But the works of our Saviour were always present, for they were genuine:— those that were healed, and those that were raised from the dead, who were seen not only when they were healed and when they were raised, but were also always present; and not merely while the Saviour was on earth, but also after his death, they were alive for quite a while, so that some of them lived even to our day. Such then was Quadratus. In other words, Eusebius is stating that Quadratus addressed a discourse to the Roman Emperor Hadrian containing a defense, or apology, of the Christian religion, when the latter was visiting Athens in AD 124 or 125, which Eusebius states incorrectly moved the emperor to issue a favourable edict. The mention that many of those healed or raised from the dead by Christ were still living seems to be part of an argument that Christ was no mere wonder-worker whose effects were transitory.
We need you!
Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!
on July 23, 2013
Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:
"Quadratus of Athens." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 30 May 2023. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/quadratus_of_athens>.
Discuss this Quadratus of Athens biography with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.