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3.3 Cities of God: Antioch, the City of Lights

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | May 25, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Antioch, in so many ways, was the place where the lights first went on. It was the first city in the ancient world to have street lamps and unending night life. It was the city where the disciples were first called Christians. And it blazed brightly for centuries, in the lives and words of the Fathers: Ignatius, Theophilus, John Chrysostom.


D.S. Wallace-Hadrill, Christian Antioch: A Study of Early Christian Thought in the East

Christine Kondoleon, Antioch: The Lost Ancient City

Glanville Downey, History of Antioch

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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