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Alexandria, 03: School of
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The school of Alexandria, the Didaskaleion (διδασκαλεῖον τῶν ἱερῶν λόγων/didaskaleion tōn hierōn logōn, school of sacred learning; Eus. Hist. eccl. 5.10.1), was a Christian liberal arts, philosophical, theological, and exegetical “school” that was initially independent of ecclesiastical institutions, but later became dependent on the local bishop. Similar schools were those of Justin Martyr in Rome and of Bardaisan in Edessa between the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE. From Hellenistic times onward, Alexand…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Alexandria, 03: School of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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