Bakers one of the scurrilous names given by the heathen to the early Christians. In Minucius Felix (Octavius, c. 14), the heathen interlocutor calls the Christians Plautinae prosapiae homines et pistores; "men of the race of Plautus, bakers." Jerome says that Plautus was so poor that, in a time of famine, he was compelled to hire himself out to a baker to grind in his mill (Chron. an. 1. Olymp. 145). Such sort of men Caecilius says the Christians were in the dialogue above cited from Minucius. — Bingham, Orig. Eccles. bk. i, ch. 2, § 12.