Eusebius as a forger.

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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Wed May 15, 2019 6:19 pm

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or that You were Translating the Book of Eusebius as if it were Pamphilus'?
Jerome does not think that Pamphilus wrote the Apology. It was a wholly Eusebian composition.
Yes, I know that. As Jerome himself affirms:

Jerome, Against Rufinus 1.9: I will not suppose that you are ignorant of Eusebius' Catalogue, which states the fact that the martyr Pamphilus never wrote a single book.

Eusebius himself obviously did not forge anything in Pamphilus' name. That would be like Marcion publishing the epistles of Paul and simultaneously claiming that Paul never wrote an epistle. This is why, according to Jerome, it is down to Rufinus making the switch (as Jerome specifically says), not Eusebius. Rufinus had, according to Jerome, falsely attributed a thoroughly Eusebian book to Pamphilus.
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Secret Alias » Wed May 15, 2019 7:16 pm

I am not sure this captures the original argument cited from Jerome. The sense is that Rufinus took a book written by Eusebius which was passed off as Pamphilus's composition. I am not sure you can extrapolate from that that Rufinus was necessary guilty of doing anything. The book passes as a joint composition now. The fact that Eusebius doesn't record Pamphilus as writing anything is irrelevant. Eusebius was the one trying to pass off a book that he wrote (i.e. with his own hands) as being by Pamphilus.
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Secret Alias » Wed May 15, 2019 7:16 pm

And Joe I am not sure you should insult Stephen Carlson so much in this thread. Sometimes we don't know whom we bump into in a dark room.
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Wed May 15, 2019 7:37 pm

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I am not sure you can extrapolate from that that Rufinus was necessary guilty of doing anything.
I am not actually going that far. I am saying that Jerome thought/claimed Rufinus guilty of doing something.
Eusebius was the one trying to pass off a book that he wrote (i.e. with his own hands) as being by Pamphilus.

Jerome, Apology Against Rufinus 1.8: If that book is Pamphilus's, which of the six books is Eusebius's first? In the very volume which you pretend to be Pamphilus's, mention is made of the later books. Also, in the second and following books, Eusebius says that he had said such and such things in the first book and excuses himself for repeating them. If the whole work is Pamphilus's, why do you not translate the remaining books? If it is the work of the other, why do you change the name? You cannot answer; but the facts make answer of themselves: You thought that men would believe the martyr, though they would have turned in abhorrence from the chief of the Arians.

I think that Eusebius did want to grace his Apology with the authority of Pamphilus, but he in no wise pretends that Pamphilus was actually the author. He aspires to joint credit, but does not pass the Apology off as having been composed by Pamphilus (he does not pretend to have found it in Pamphilus' collection or anything and innocently published it).
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Secret Alias » Wed May 15, 2019 8:02 pm

Oh come on. He first steals his name and then put the name Pamphilius 3 times on every page. Have you actually seen the book? Eusebius is speaking for Pamphilus. I can't prove he misrepresented Pamphilus but boy that Eusebius likes writing on behalf of people.

This is like seeing Michael Jackson walking hand in hand with a 12 year old.
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Wed May 15, 2019 8:12 pm

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This is like seeing Michael Jackson walking hand in hand with a 12 year old.
It's like if I set up an account here as 'Ben C Smith' and always chimed in 'I always agree with Stephan. He's brilliant.'
Your similes are really not landing tonight. :lol: Maybe try again tomorrow?
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Wed May 15, 2019 8:18 pm

Have you actually seen the book?
Yes. It has been a while, but I have access to the Scheck translation. But "the book" in this case is simply the translation of Rufinus' version, right? The original has not survived?
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Secret Alias » Wed May 15, 2019 8:37 pm

That's not the issue. MJ supoosedly just liked kids because he was a kid. Eusebius wants to speak on behalf of Pamphilus because he is Pamphilus. Literally. How do explain the name appropriation? Ancient gay marriage?
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Secret Alias » Wed May 15, 2019 8:38 pm

I am sure you don't.
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Re: Eusebius as a forger.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Wed May 15, 2019 8:44 pm

Secret Alias wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:38 pm
I am sure you don't.
What is this in reference to?
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That's not the issue. MJ supoosedly just liked kids because he was a kid. Eusebius wants to speak on behalf of Pamphilus because he is Pamphilus. Literally. How do explain the name appropriation? Ancient gay marriage?
The name appropriation would simply be a matter of Eusebius taking on the name of his mentor as a way of claiming to be his intellectual and/or spiritual heir. This is why I mentioned Augustus, who took on the name of Caesar as a way of laying claim to being Caesar's political heir (if he had stuck just to inheriting the estate, I doubt he would have changed his name). I cannot be 100% certain that this is why Eusebius took on Pamphilus' name, but your original reaction to the comparison...:
Come on. That's absurd.
...is nonsensical. It may be wrong (in which case you may show it to be wrong any time you please), but it is clearly not absurd. The motivation is clearly possible.
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