Author(s): Tu?çe ÜNVER

Lactantius who is assumed that he lived between the years of 240-325 AD, is one of the significant Christian writers of Late Antiquity-Early Christianity term. He harshly criticizes paganism in his historical, philosophical and theological works he presents. His Works, at the same time comprise socio-cultural, political and religious change-transformation processes of Roman Empire as Diocletianus’ tetrarchia regime, anti-Christian attitudes of Emperor and his sequents and the matter of Constitinus’ conversion. He wrote three of his texts ?De Opificio Dei (On the Workmanship of God), Divinae Institutiones (Divine Institutes), De Ira Dei (On the Wrath of God)? we analyze within the scape of this article, in the period of “Great Persecution” when Diocletianus started against Christians in 303, the other one ?De Mortibus Persecutorum (On the Death of the Persecutors)? after 312 when Constantinus terminate the persecution with “Milan Decree”. Primary aim of Lactantius who has profound effect on Latin apologetic is to try to prove the “Infinite Presence of God”, by using the cases he witnessed. In the end of “GoodEvil” battle he fictionalized within this context, Christian winners are awarded by God, pagans who lost are punished. The main goal of this study is to draw attention to integrity of four works of Lactantius that he composed in the frame of “Providentia”, “Divine Wrath”, “Divine Justice” themes and to emphasise the value as historical source within the expression feautures.


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