Category Archives: Africa

TERTULLIAN
(c. 160-c. 220)

from To the Martyrs
from The Crown of Martyrdom

  Tertullian, born a Roman citizen at or near Carthage, was originally a pagan, the son of a Roman centurion. He was educated in rhetoric and law, the standard education of a well-to-do Roman, and converted to Christianity before the … Continue reading

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CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA
(c. 150-c. 215)

from The Miscellanies (Stromata)
   The Praises of Martyrdom
   Those Who Offered Themselves for       Martyrdom Reproved

  Titus Flavius Clemens, or St. Clement of Alexandria, was a Greek theologian of the early Christian church, the second known leader of the Alexandrian school of theology. He was born to a pagan family, allegedly in Athens, although his … Continue reading

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EGYPTIAN DIDACTIC TALE
(c. 1937-1759 B.C.)

from Dialogue of a Man with His Soul

  The didactic tale “Dialogue of a Man With His Soul,” also referred to as “A Debate Between a Man Tired of Life and His Soul” or “A Dispute over Suicide,” is believed to have been composed sometime during the … Continue reading

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