Philip of Gortyna

Philip Of Gortyna a Christian writer of the 2d century, flourished as bishop of the Church at Gortyna, in Crete, and was spoken of in the highest terms by Dionysius of Corinth in a letter to the Church at Gortyna and the other churches in Crete (apud Euseb. Hist. Eccles. 4:23), as having inspired his flock with manly courage, apparently during the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. Philip wrote a book against Marcion (q.v.), which was highly esteemed by the ancients, but is now lost; Trithemilus speaks of it as extant in his day, but his exactness as to whether books were in existence or not is not great. He also states that Philip wrote Ad Diversos Epistolce and Varii Tractatus, but these are not mentioned by the ancients. See Eusebius, Hist. Eccles. 4:21, 23, 25; Jerome, De tiris Illustr. c. 30; Trithemius, De Scriptor. Eccles. c. 19; Cave, Hist. Litt. ad ann. 172 (ed. Oxford, 1740-1743), 1:74; Lardner, Works (see Index). — Smith, Dict. of Gr. and Rom. Biog. s.v.

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