Book Series Brepols Library of Christian Sources , vol. 2

Lucifer of Cagliari

Lucifer of Cagliari, Concerning Athanasius

Why no one must judge or condemn a man in his absence

Ashley Beck

  • Pages: 232 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59283-1
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‘Concerning Athanasius’ is a blistering attack on the Roman Emperor Constantius by Lucifer, fourth century Bishop of Cagliari in Sardinia, and a vigorous defence of the great theologian St Athanasius: this is the first translation into English of any of Lucifer’s works


Ashley Beck is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark and Associate Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London where he is Programme Director of the MA degree in Catholic Social Teaching and the Foundation degree in Pastoral Ministry. He is President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.


Lucifer was Bishop of Cagliari in Sardinia in the middle of the fourth century. He was a devoted ally of the great theologian and Bishop of Alexandria, St Athanasius, and a strong opponent of Arianism and the Roman Emperor Constantius II. Exiled at the same time as Athanasius in AD 355 his surviving writings are all vituperative attacks on the emperor. The two books ‘Concerning Athanasius’ are his most substantial work, written in 359-360. Lucifer gives us a vivid picture of the passion aroused in the fourth century by debates about the nature of Christ and the relationship between the Church and the Roman Empire.