What little we know of life of Sextus Julius Africanus can be gleaned from scattered references to his surviving writings and from Eusebius Church History. He is remembered primarily for his history of the world in five books (Chronology) and two letters, one to Aristides and the other to Origen. The Chronology had a significant effect on later writers, many (e.g. Eusebius) based their own histories on the framework it provided.
 Eusebius, History, 6.31 (Nicene & Post Nicene Fathers, 2nd series, Vol. 1, 276-277).
|Eusebius, Church History 1.6.2; 6.31.1-3; 7.1-16.|
|Jerome, Lives of Illustrius Men 63.|
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|Julius Africanus (Adrian Fortescue)|
|F. Granger, "Julius Africanus and the Library of the Pantheon," Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 34 (1933): 157-161.|
|Rubin Habas, "The Jewish Origin of Julius Africanus," Journal of Jewish Studies 45.1 (1994): 86-91.|
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