"Some of today's historians believe that it was originally written in Latin, not in Greek, and thus Athanasius cannot have been the original author."
I think the Saint was once exiled to Augusta Treverorum (Gm. Trier, Fr. Trèves) and that this was close enough to the Barbarians for him to be obliged to learn some Latin. Which also explains the simplicity and lack of rhetoric of the Latin, if it be true.
One more note: he did certainly not use it as a Creed. In the Summa Theologiae*, St Thomas Aquinas (yes, I still consider him a Saint) tells us that for St Athanasius (we can extrapolate: for anyone who was the author) made a simple exposition of the Faith, and that a Pope of Rome finding it excellent later adopted it as a Creed.
Hans 08:17, February 28, 2007 (PST)
- ["Secunda Secundae, Qi A10, ad3"] (scroll down)