Saint Quadratus of Athens
(Greek: Άγιος Κοδράτος) is said to have been the first of the Christian apologists
. He is said by Eusebius of CaesareaChronicon
"ad annum Abrahamum 2041" (AD 124). to have been a disciple of the Apostles (auditor apostolorum
). Dionysius of Corinth
, in a letter summarized by Eusebius,Historia Ecclesiastica, 4.23. records that Quadratus became bishop of Athens after the martyrdom of Publius, invigorating the faith of the congregation in that city and keeping them together. He is counted among the Seventy Apostles in the tradition of the Eastern Churches.
He addressed a discourse to the Roman Emperor Hadrian
containing a defense, or apology, of the Christian religion, when the latter was visiting Athens
in AD 124 or 125, which Eusebius states incorrectly moved the emperor to issue a favourable edict
. With the exception of a short passage quoted by Eusebius (H. E.
, 4.3), this work has entirely disappeared. The passage quoted notes that many of those healed or raised from the dead by Christ
were still living; this seems to be part of an argument that Christ was no mere wonder-worker whose effects were transitory. P. Andriessen has suggested that Quadratus' Apology
is the work known as Epistle to Diognetus
,Andriessen, "The Authorship of the Epistula ad Diognetum," Vigiliae Christianae
1 (1947), pp. 129-36 a suggestion Michael W.... Read More