Lives of Illustrious Men – Victorinus the rhetorician


Victorus, a rhetorician of Marseilles, wrote to his son Etherius, a commentary On Genesis, commenting, that is, from the beginning of the book to the death of the patriarch Abraham, and published four books in verse, words which have a savour of piety indeed, but, in that he was a man busied with secular literature and quite untrained in the Divine Scriptures, they are of slight weight, so far as ideas are concerned. He died in the reign of Theodosius and Valentinianus.

MLA Citation

  • Saint Jerome. “Victorinus the rhetorician”. Lives of Illustrious Men, with the Authors whom Gennadius Added after the Death of the Blessed Jerome, translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2014. Web. 26 July 2021. <>