Aristides of Athens (c. 80-140), born Marcianus Aristides, is primarily known as the author of the Apology of Aristides.

Until the 19th century there were no known copies of his work. He was known only through the works of Eusebius and Jerome. Eusebius wrote that Aristides and another apologist, Quadratus, delivered their Apologies in person before the Emperor Hadrian. Aristides is said to have remained a philosopher in Athens after his conversion to Christianity. He is also credited with a sermon on Luke 23:43.

In 1878, the Armenian monks of the Mechitarite convent in Venice published the first two chapters of the Apology, which they had found in a manuscript in their collection. They accompanied the text with a Latin translation.

In 1889 Rendell Harris found a complete Syriac translation of the Apology at the monastery at St. Catherine's in the Sinai. This not only proved the authenticity of the Armenian manuscript, but also led to the realization that the Greek had long been extant, as a passage of the 6th century novel, The Life of Barlaam and Josaphat. A further Armenian fragment was discovered in the library at Edschmiazin by F.C.Conybeare in a manuscript of the 11th century.

In his Apology, he argues that there must be a single God as creator and that Christians apprehend, understand, and practice God's commands better than either the Jews, Greeks, Barbarians, or Pagans.

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