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“Above the Bath of Myrtinus”: Justin Martyr's “School” in the City of Rome

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2007

Harlow Gregory Snyder
Davidson College


Justin's social context in the city of Rome may seem to have only a tenuous connection with his beliefs about God, his doctrine of the Logos and the other religious commitments for which he ultimately laid down his life. Perhaps, had Justin lived in Athens or Ephesus, he would have written much the same thing. This, after all, is a man deeply moved by Platonist philosophy and the “perception of immaterial things.” Furnished with such Platonist wings, Justin himself would surely claim to soar high over all such mundane realities as the streets, bridges, and buildings of ancient Rome. It is not surprising that the vast majority of scholarship on Justin and other early Christian intellectuals follows him on a similar trajectory.

© 2007 Cambridge University Press

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For advice along the way, I would like to thank Keyne Cheshire, Trent Foley, Jeanne Neumann, Bob Kraft, Garrett Fagan, Wayne Meeks, and two anonymous reviewers for HTR.