a modification of "Tertius;" a Roman advocate, whom the Jews employed to state their case against Paul in the presence of Felix (Acts 24:1-9). The charges he adduced against the apostle were, "First, that he created disturbances among the Romans throughout the empire, an offence against the Roman government (crimen majestatis). Secondly, that he was a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes; disturbed the Jews in the exercise of their religion, guaranteed by the state; introduced new gods, a thing prohibited by the Romans. And thirdly, that he attempted to profane the temple, a crime which the Jews were permitted to punish."
The Jews, however, assented, saying that these things which tertullus had spoken were true.
Poor man, he put me in mind of tertullus, in the Acts; but my hour is not yet come.
The descendants of tertullus and Petronella rose rapidly, and exercised much influence on French affairs.
Their orator, tertullus, could not have missed such a topic as imposition and fraud if any had been practiced.