Cologne: Weidmann, 1688. Editio Nova [New Edition]. Hardcover. 2 vols.: Vol. 10 & 15 (as issued no others printed). Folios. , 24, , 548, 195 pp.;, 856 pp. , 82pp. Both volumes are rebound in modern light brown cloth with black lettering to spine. Modern endpapers. 2 paste-ins to inside of front board of vol. 2. Woodcut illustrated title pages in black and red lettering. Ornamental printer devices to end of chapters. Woodcut illustration to beginning of chapters. Illustrated initials throughout. Browning, sporadic foxing and minor worming to pages. Each page is divided into two columns - one in Greek, one in Latin. Fascinating work of Christian proselytizing, aimed at non-Christian audiences. Written by Bishop of Caesarea, during the reign of the Roman Empire in Palestine. A 1688 reprint of the 1628 Paris edition (itself a reprint of the 1544 Stephanus edition), the volumes at hand are volume 10 and 15 of a 15-volume set. It appears that only vol. 10 and 15 were reprinted in 1628 and 1688. In Greek and Latin. In very good condition. vg. Item #15399
On the work: The "Preparatio Evangelio" by Eusebius in 15 books. As the title implies, this work was intended to prepare the non-Christian mind for the reception of Christianity by showing the vest inferiority of other religions to that of the Christians. Each volume contains ca. 1000 pages, written in Greek and Latin in parallel columns. The volumes at hand deal with the following: Vol. X: Eusebius gives examples from Clement, Porphyry, and Diodorus of the plagiarism of Greek authors both from each other and, as they argue, from the much older Scriptures of the Hebrews. The testimony to their antiquity is drawn from the "Chronography" of Africanus, and from Tatian, Clement and Josephus. Vol. XV: The moral character of Aristotle is defended against the slanders of Epicurus and others by Aristotles; but where he differs from Plato and the Hebrews in regard to virtue and happiness, the ideas of the divine providence, the creation of the world, the fifth corporeal essence, the nature of the heavenly bodies and the immortality of the soul, his doctrines are severely criticized by Atticus the Platonist. On the different editions: The work itself contains no direct statement of the date at which it was written. However, it can be deducted from the life time of the author (270-340 C.E.) and the events mentioned in the work. The executions Eusebius mentions took place after the death of Maximinus (313 C.E.) and, hence, we cannot be wrong in sauting that the words "recently in our time" refer to that period. Whereas the contents of all the fifteen books have been preserved through manuscripts and later works, it appears that only the two books present (vol. X and vol. XV) have been reprinted. This is the third print, following the first print edition by Stephanus (Lvtetia: 1544) and the second print (Sonnius: Paris. 1628). This, the third print edition was translated from the Greek into Latin by the Jesuit Francois Vigier [a.k.a. Franciscus Vigerus]. It was then published in a bilingual edition by Weidmann in Cologne, Germany in 1688. On the author: Esusebius Pamphilii: Born in Caesaria [sometimes spelled Qaesaria] at 270 C.E. A superb student in many fields, he was forced to flee the persecutions under Galerius. Eusebius took refuge in Egypt. Upon his return, he was made Bishop of his native town. Although Eusebius attended the Council of Nice, he was unable to subscribe entirely to its decisions and was, hence, subject to the charge of heresy. At ca. 330 C.E., he was offered the patriarch of Antioch but refused it. Eusebius Pamphili died ca. 340 C.E. It will be noticed that Eusebius always added Pamphilii to his name, i.e. friend of Pamphilius. This was in remembrance of his early patron, to whom he remained an attached and inseparable companion during his [Pamphilius'] imprisonment. Pamphilius was killed under the persecution of Maximinius in 309 C.E. From then on, Eusebius added the name of his tutor to his own name in gratitude.