The names of the father and grandfather of Justin suggest a pagan origin, and he speaks of himself as uncircumcised (Dialogue, xxviii).
The Prefect Rusticus says: If you do not obey, you will be tortured without mercy.
Justin replies: That is our desire, to be tortured for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and so to be saved, for that will give us salvation and firm confidence at the more terrible universal tribunal of Our Lord and Saviour.
He taught school there, and in the aforesaid Acts of his martyrdom we read of several of his disciples who were condemned with him.
In his second "Apology" (iii) Justin says: "I, too, expect to be persecuted and to be crucified by some of those whom I have named, or by Crescens, that friend of noise and of ostentation." Indeed Tatian relates (Discourse, xix) that the Cynic philosopher Crescens did pursue him and Justin; he does not tell us the result and, moreover, it is not certain that the "Discourse" of Tatian was written after the death of Justin. eccl., IV, xvi, 7, 8) says that it was the intrigues of Crescens which brought about the death of Justin; this is credible, but not certain; Eusebius has apparently no other reason for affirming it than the two passages cited above from Justin and Tatian. Justin was condemned to death by the prefect, Rusticus, towards A. 165, with six companions, Chariton, Charito, Evelpostos, Pćon, Hierax, and Liberianos.
Christian apologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A. Leo XIII had a Mass and an Office composed in his honour and set his feast for 14 April.
Two "Apologies" bearing his name and his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon" have come down to us.Flavia Neapolis, his native town, founded by Vespasian (A. 72), was built on the site of a place called Mabortha, or Mamortha, quite near Sichem (Guérin, "Samarie", I, Paris, 1874, 390-423; Schürer, "History of the Jewish People", tr., I, Edinburgh, 1885).Its inhabitants were all, or for the most part, pagans.A Pythagorean refused to teach him anything until he should have learned music, astronomy, and geometry.Finally a Platonist arrived on the scene and for some time delighted Justin.There are extant but three works of Justin, of which the authenticity is assured: the two "Apologies" and the "Dialogue". 450, finished on 11 September, 1364; and Claromont. Apologeten" in "Texte and Untersuchungen", I, Leipzig, 1883, i, 73-89; Archambault, "Justin, Dialogue a vec Tryphon", Paris, 1909, p. There are many large gaps in this manuscript, thus II Apol., ii, is almost entirely wanting, but it has been found possible to restore the manuscript text from a quotation of Eusebius (Hist. The "Dialogue" was dedicated to a certain Marcus Pompeius (exli, viii); it must therefore have been preceded by a dedicatory epistle and probably by an introduction or preface; both are lacking. There are other less important gaps and many faulty transcriptions. From all of this we may conclude that the "Apology" was written somewhere between 153 and 155.