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The Passing of Peregrinus

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Summary of Lucian The Death of Peregrine

Date: 150-160 C.E.

Description: The Passing of Peregrinus is a satire by the Syrian Greek writer Lucian in which the lead character, the Cynic philosopher Peregrinus Proteus, takes advantage of the generosity of Christians and lives a disingenuous life before burning himself at the Olympic Games of 165 C.E. The text is historically significant because it contains one of the earliest evaluations of early Christianity by a non-Christian author.

Edwards, Mark Satire and Verisimilitude: Christianity in Lucian’s ‘Peregrinus’, Historia Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte, 1989

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