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Illustrious Men (De Viris Illustribus)

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Illustrious Men, written by Saint Jerome, is a fascinating and informative collection of biographies of key figures in early Christian history. The book provides valuable insights into the lives and achievements of renowned individuals such as apostles, martyrs, and church fathers.

Jerome's writing style is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along with the stories of these influential men. His deep knowledge of history and theology shines through in his descriptions of the events and circumstances that shaped the lives of the individuals he profiles.

Throughout the book, Jerome pays tribute to the accomplishments of each man while also acknowledging their flaws and struggles. This balanced approach adds depth and complexity to the narratives, making them feel more human and relatable.

Overall, Illustrious Men is a well-crafted and thought-provoking work that sheds light on the early days of Christianity and the figures who helped shape its development. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Christian faith and the individuals who played a significant role in its growth.

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This is a collection of 135 brief biographies by St. Jerome of his forebears and contemporaries. It is often cited as a primary source of information on ancient Christian authors and their writings. The biographies start with the apostles and end with Jerome himself. They also include respected non-Christians such as Josephus, and Philo of Alexandria. In general, this work provides a quick overview of all the respected writers in the early centuries and their writings, which would be of interest to Christians. - Summary by ancientchristian

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