Quadratus, Fragment

LCL 25: 118-119

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Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 4.3

Τραϊανοῦ δὲ ἐφ᾿ ὅλοις ἔτεσιν εἴκοσι· τὴν ἀρχὴν μησὶν ἓξ δέουσιν κρατήσαντος, Αἴλιος Ἁδριανὸς διαδέχεται τὴν ἡγεμονίαν. τούτῳ Κοδρᾶτος λόγον προσφωνήσας ἀναδίδωσιν, ἀπολογίαν συντάξας ὑπὲρ τῆς καθ᾿ ἡμᾶς θεοσεβείας, ὅτι δή τινες πονηροὶ ἄνδρες τοὺς ἡμετέρους ἐνοχλεῖν ἐπειρῶντο. εἰς ἔτι δὲ φέρεται παρὰ πλείστοις τῶν ἀδελφῶν, ἀτὰρ καὶ παρ᾿ ἡμῖν τὸ σύγγραμμα, ἐξ οὗ κατιδεῖν ἔστιν λαμπρὰ τεκμήρια τῆς τε τοῦ ἀνδρὸς διανοίας καὶ τῆς ἀποστολικῆς ὀρθοτομίας.

2. ὁ δ᾿ αὐτὸς τὴν καθ᾿ ἑαυτὸν ἀρχαιότητα παραφαίνει, δι᾿ ὧν ἱστορεῖ ταῦτα ἰδίαις φωναῖς·

τοῦ δὲ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν τὰ ἔργα ἀεὶ παρῆν, ἀληθῆ γὰρ ἦν, οἱ θεραπευθέντες, οἱ ἀναστάντες ἐκ νεκρῶν, οἳ οὐκ ὤφθησαν μόνον θεραπευόμενοι καὶ ἀνιστάμενοι ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀεὶ παρόντες, οὐδὲ ἐπιδημοῦντος μόνον τοῦ σωτῆρος, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀπαλλαγέντος ἦσαν ἐπὶ χρόνον ἰκανόν, ὥστε καὶ εἰς τοὺς ἡμετέρους χρόνους τινὲς αὐτῶν ἀφίκοντο.



Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 4.3

After Trajan held power for nineteen and a half years, Aelius Hadrian succeeded to the rule. To this one Quadratus addressed and delivered a writing in which he set forth a defense of our religion, since some wicked men were attempting to cause a disturbance in our affairs. And the book is still in circulation among most of the brothers; indeed we ourselves have a copy, from which one can see clear signs both of the man’s intelligence and of his apostolic orthodoxy.

2. And he reveals his early date by what he reports in his own words:

“But the works of our savior were always present, for they were true. Those who were healed and and not just while the savior was here, but even raised from the dead were not only seen when healed and raised, but they were always present— when he had gone they remained for a long time, so that some of them have survived to our own time.”

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.quadratus-fragment.2003