Dexter, Flavius Lucius

Dexter, Flavius Lucius a Spanish theologian, the son of St. Pacian, bishop of Barcelona, lived about the year 400. He was appointed, at the age of thirty, praefect of the prtetorium, by the emperor Honorius, but soon resigned this dignity and retired to his native country, where he was made governor of Toledo. He wrote a Chronicle, of which Jerome speaks. This chronicle was for a long time supposed to be lost, when the Jesuit Jerome de Higuera announced that he had discovered a MS. in the library of Fulda. This MS. was brought by Torialba to Calderon, who published it under the title Fragmentum Chronici F.L. Dextri, cum Chronico Marci Maximi, etc. (Saragossa, 1619; reprinted in Seville in 1627, in Lyons the same year, and by Nicholas Antonio in his Bibliotheca Hispana Vetus). It is generally supposed, however, that the Chronicle published by Calderon was a manufacture of Higuera. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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