Apel'les (Α᾿πελλῆς, from the Lat. appello, to call), a Christian at Rome, whom Paul salutes in his epistle to the church there (Ro 16:10), and calls "approved in Christ," i.e. an approved Christian, A.D. 55. Origen doubts whether he may not have been the same person with Apollos; but this is far from likely. SEE APOLLOS. According to the old Church traditions, Apelles was one of the seventy disciples, and bishop either of Smyrna or Heracleia (Epiph. Cont. Haeres. p. — 20; Fabricii Lux Evangelii, p. 115, 116, etc.). The Greeks observe his festival on Oct. 31. The name itself is notable from Horace's "Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego" (Sat. 1, 5), by which he less probably means a superstitious Jew in general, as many think, than a particular Jew of that name well known at Rome.

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