"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)
I was right. THis is from a timeline of the life of the saint, it is in Swedish, but the years are in numerals and I footnote the exile and return:
- 335 Kejsar Konstantin landsförvisar Athanasios av Alexandria till Trier*.
- 336 Det äldsta belägget för firande av Kristi födelse 25/12 i västkyrkan. Areios avlider.
- 337 Kejsar Konstantin döps på dödsbädden och avlider. Han efterträds av sina tre söner: arianerna Constantius och Konstantin II, samt den ortodoxe Constans. Constantius låter Athanasios återvända till Alexandria.** Homoiousianerna i Syrien kompromissar mellan arianismen och Athanasios ståndpunkt.
- exiled to Augusta Treverorum, whether that be Trier or Trêves in English
- returned to Alexandria