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3.8 Cities of God: Lugdunum, the French Connection

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 15, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Faith came to France very early and very strong. It seems likely that traders brought the Gospel from distant Smyrna (modern Izmir in Turkey) to Lugdunum (modern Lyon). The blood of martyrs was seed. Blandina, a sickly slave, emerged from her trials an epic hero, honored forever. Irenaeus, the globetrotting scholar-bishop, arose as the second century’s greatest theologian.


Mike Aquilina, Rabbles, Riots, and Ruins: Twelve Ancient Cities and How They Were Evangelized

Museum and ruins of Lugdunum

The Letter of the Churches of Vienna and Lugdunum to the Churches of Asia and Phrygia

Eusebius, Church History, Book 5 (including the deeds of Irenaeus)

Richard Krautheimer, Three Christian Capitals: Topography and Politics

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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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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