And he quotes Lactantius as comparing poetry with the Scriptures.
Lactantius, in his book of wisdom, proves them to be dizzards, fools, asses, madmen, so full of absurd and ridiculous tenets, and brain-sick positions, that to his thinking never any old woman or sick person doted worse.
Where is fear and sorrow," there Lactantius stiffly maintains, "wisdom cannot dwell," "qui cupiet, metuet quoque porro, Qui metuens vivit, liber mihi non erit unquam.
Socrates, whom all the world so much magnified, is by Lactantius and Theodoret condemned for a fool.
Lactantius, 2 instit., will exclude "fear from a wise man:" others except all, some the greatest passions.
But Lactantius l. 6. c. 7. de vero cultu, calls it a detestable opinion, and fully confutes it, lib.
'Tis the same devil still, called heretofore Apollo, Mars, Neptune, Venus, Aesculapius, &c. as Lactantius lib.
Aesculapius his son had his temples erected to his deity, and did many famous cures; but, as Lactantius holds, he was a magician, a mere impostor, and as his successors, Phaon, Podalirius, Melampius, Menecrates, (another God), by charms, spells, and ministry of bad spirits, performed most of their cures.
And as those old Romans had several distinct gods, for divers offices, persons, places, so have they saints, as Lavater well observes out of Lactantius, mutato nomine tantum, 'tis the same spirit or devil that deludes them still.
Morneus), "their poets make gods," et quos adorant in templis, ludunt in Theatris, as Lactantius scoffs.
there likewise exploded, Mactant opimas et pingues hostias deo quasi esurienti, profundunt vina tanquam sitienti, lumina accendunt velut in tenebris agenti (Lactantius, lib.
Idem Lactantius de Romanis et Graecis.
Lactantius 2. de origins erroris cap.
Varro, Lactantius, Aug. 1659.
[Footnote: D. 72 a passage ostensibly from Ezra, but probably an apocryphal addition, perhaps from Preaching of Peter; same quotation in Lactantius.]
And is there any published edition of the hexameter poem by Lactantius, which is said by Stephens to have suggested the first idea of this beautiful Anglo-Saxon poem? SELEUCUS.
With Tertullian, St Jerome, and St Augustine he was of course acquainted, but of Lactantius, Prudentius, Sedulius, St Fortunatus, Duns Scotus, Hibernicus exul, Angilbert, Milo, &c., he was obliged to admit he knew nothingeven the names were unknown to him.
And whom do you speak of next?" "I pass on to St Cyprian and Lactantius; to the latter I attribute the beautiful poem of the Phoenix.
After Lactantius comes St Ambrose, St Jerome, and St Augustine.
"Hippolitus" is added to the authorities in the MS.; and in the English, p. 36., "Anastasius Sinaiti, S. Gaudentius, Q. Julius Hilarius, Isidorus Hispalensis, and Cassiodorus," are inserted after Lactantius, in both.
The Latin ascribed to Lactantius, is printed in the Variourum edition of Claudian, and, I believe, in the editions of Lactantius. Jan. 30, 1850.
The Latin poem, in hexameters and pentameters, attributed to Lactantius, is given at the foot of the page.
It will be found at the end of the works of Lactantius, in the small edition by Fritzsche (Lipsiæ, 1842).
C.W.G. Lay of the Phoenix."SELEUCUS" (No. 13, p. 203.) asks, "Is there any published edition of the hexameter poem by Lactantius, which is said to have suggested the idea of the Anglo-Saxon Lay of the Phoenix?"
This poem is not in hexameter, but in elegiac verse; and though, on account of its brevity, we could not expect that it would have been separately published, it is to be found very commonly at the end of the works of Lactantius; for example, in three editions before me, Basil.