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  • Print publication year: 1967
  • Online publication date: March 2008

Chapter 20 - Marius Victorinus

from Part V - MARIUS VICTORINUS AND AUGUSTINE
Summary
Marius Victorinus' life is contained in the short notice given by St Jerome in his De viris illustribus and in the better known remarks made by St Augustine in the course of the narrative of his own conversion. Victorinus was closely associated with the senatorial aristocracy which became the last stronghold of Roman paganism. In his reply to the first letter of the Arian Candidus, Victorinus distinguishes four modalities of being. This classification, deriving ultimately from Plato and incorporated into Neoplatonic scholasticism, distinguished between four levels of being and non-being. Victorinus' trinitarian theology is essentially an essay in metaphysics, based on Neoplatonic ontology, though transforming this in the course of adapting it to the purpose in hand. The psychological trinitarianism of the second part of Victorinus' treatise De Trinitate is a study not of the divine substance and persons, but of the human soul as an image of God.
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The Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy
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  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521040549
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