RThPh 2007/ II, p. 127-141.

Gabriella ARAGIONE
Justin de Naplouse devient Justin Martyr (1 Apologie 2,4)

Résumé
Dans son Apologie, Justin structure son discours selon un double plan: il se prononce en faveur des chrétiens injustement haïs, mais aussi, de manière plus personnelle, comme quelqu’un qui pressent l’approche de sa condamnation et s’y prépare en assumant le rôle du sage qui, sur le point de mourir,
fustige l’autorité politique, sans en craindre les conséquences. En recourant à un topos littéraire très connu dans l’Antiquité, Justin se «construit» une image de mort honorable au sein de sa communauté.

G. Aragione, Justin of Ceasarea becomes Justin Martyr (1 Apologie 2,4), RThPh 2007/ II, p. 127-141.
Justin’s Apology has a double structure: on one level, he is supporting the Christians who are unjustly hated; on a more personal level, he is foreboding his own condemnation and is preparing to assume his role as the sage who, near death, denounces political authority with no fear of the consequences. In the style of a literary topos widely used in Antiquity, Justin builds up for himself an image of death to be honoured in his community.