Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 2

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV, Commodianus, The Instructions of Commodianus by Commodianus, translated by Robert Ernest Wallis
Chapter 2

The Instructions of Commodianus

in favour of

Christian Discipline,

Against the Gods of the Heathens.

(Expressed in Acrostics.)


My preface sets forth the way to the wanderer and a good visitation when the goal of life shall have come, that he may become eternal—a thing which ignorant hearts disbelieve.  I in like manner have wandered for a long time, by giving attendance upon heathen fanes, my parents themselves being ignorant.[1]  Thence at length I withdrew myself by reading concerning the law.  I bear witness to the Lord; I grieve alas, the crowd of citizens! ignorant of what it loses in going to seek vain gods.  Thoroughly taught by these things, I instruct the ignorant in the truth.


  1. [Sufficient evidence of his heathen origin.]