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Nor were the pagans incorrect. Popular opinion was reinforced by the writings of the early Christian apologists. Justin martyr (ca 100-165?) in Rome railed against the idolaters and was proud of their absence among Christians. Clement of Alexandria (150-224) sternly warns against the use of images (Serapis). While Tertullian (160?-230?) is vituperative in his condemnation of idols, idol makers, and idolatry. Clements's learned successor Origen (185-264) writing from the intellectual center of the world avers that it is the first task of the church in its instruction of catechumens to inspire in them a scorn of all idols and images. (Contra Celsus, 3, 15.) Two statues of Serapis, Gregoriano Profano Museo.