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This article adapts parts of the author’s profile of Carpocrates (Litwa, 2022, 212–219).

Carpocrates was probably born in the late 1st century CE. His name means “master of the harvest,” and it was an epithet or alternative name of the Egyptian god Harpocrates, son of Isis and Osiris. Biographical data on Carpocrates comes from Clement of Alexandria (Strom.–2). Carpocrates had a wife named Alexandreia. He a…

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Litwa, M. David, “Carpocrates”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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