Theological Treatises on the Trinity

Theological Treatises on the Trinity

Theological Treatises on the Trinity

Theological Treatises on the Trinity

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The name of Marius Victorinus is not a familiar one in the history of ideas or of education. He was, nevertheless, an outstanding educator of the late Roman Empire and an important link in intellectual history with the periods that would follow. He formed a new philosophical language which was of great help to the logicians and the metaphysicians of the Middle Ages. Indeed, it has been said that he should have a place among those whom E. K. Rand has called the Founders of the Middle Ages. Long passages from Victorinus were copied by Alcuin in his De fide and a citation from Victorinus appears in Hincmar, while, earlier, Boethius borrowed heavily from Victorinus. Not only is he important in the history of Latin and Greek Neoplatonism by reason of his translation of the "Platonic books" significantly mentioned by Augustine —books now believed to be treatises of Plotinus and Porphyry-but Victorinus also made use of traditional themes from the entire philosophical and religious tradition in new ways. Philosopher and theologian, he affirmed the Neoplatonic distinction between, on the one hand, "To . . .

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