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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter X

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Chapter X.—Faustus Explains His Narrative to Peter.

Peter seeing this, said:  “Are you Faustus, the husband of this woman, and the father of her children?”  And he said:  “I am.”  And Peter said:  “How, then, did you relate to me your own history as if it were another’s; telling p. 308 me of your toils, and sorrow, and burial?”  And our father answered:  “Being of the family of Cæsar, and not wishing to be discovered, I devised the narrative in another’s name, in order that it might not be perceived who I was.  For I knew that, if I were recognised, the governors in the place would learn this, and recall me to gratify Cæsar, and would bestow upon me that former prosperity to which I had formerly bidden adieu with all the resolution I could summon.  For I could not give myself up to a luxurious life when I had pronounced the strongest condemnation on myself, because I believed that I had been the cause of death to those who were loved by me.” 1212



Lit., “Having judged the greatest things in regard to those who were loved by me, as having died.”  The text is doubtful; for the first Epitome has something quite different.

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