The early church fathers are sooooooooooo under appreciated.
I am not saying anything along the lines of accept them as scripture, however, we should really accept how useful they are. We have 1 Clement which was written prior to the turn of the century. We have Eusebius who records the history of the church from its very beginnings to his time - without forgetting to quote his sources!
I think an interesting task would be to compare the Christology of the church Fathers with that of the Pauline epistles. Briefly doing it, I notice that, in this case, Clement doesn't seem to be 'outdoing' the Christological statements of Paul. Hmmm, aye?