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“THE RESCRIPT OF HADRIAN TO CAIUS MINUCIUS FUNDANUS - Latin and Greek text with English translation”

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Latin from Rufinus' translation of Eusebius Historia Ecclesiastica (from text of N. Ketelaer and G. Leempt: Utrecht, 1474).
Greek from Migne PG vol. 20, cols 326 - 328, Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiastica, book 4, chapter 9.
Rufinus translation of Rescript of Hadrian
 

 

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