Aristides, Saint

Aristides, Saint

(ârĭstī`dēz), 2d cent., Greek philosopher, author of an early Christian apology. It was presented (c.126 or 136) to the emperor to protest anti-Christian slanders and persecutions. The text is embedded in transcribed versions of the medieval legend Barlaam and JosaphatBarlaam and Josaphat
, legend popular in medieval times. It corresponds in part to the legend of Buddha. Versions of the story have been found in nearly every language. At the birth of Josaphat (or Joasaph), the son of the Indian king Abenner, it was prophesied that the young
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. Feast: Aug. 31.
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