The so-called 'Father of Ecclesiastical History', Eusebius (263-339) was a Greek Christian. His prodigious literary output can be grouped into four categories: the historical, the apologetic, the Biblical and the dogmatic. G.A Williamson was a renowned scholar of the Classics.
The History of the Church From Christ to Constantineby Eusebius
Eusebius's account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.
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This History begins at the end of the Public Life of Christ and continues to the great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century. Eusebius lived c. AD 260-339, and had manuscripts to copy from that are no longer available. This was written long before the canon of the Bible was decided. The richness of the history, the fight against error and heresies, what finally happened to the Apostles, the people and the dates, all very illuminating.