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De gentibus Indiae et Bragmanibus
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A short Greek treatise (Gk Περὶ τῶν τῆς Ἰνδίας ἐθνῶν καὶ τῶν Βραγμάνων) on the lifestyle of the Brahmanical community, attributed to Palladius, bishop of Helenopolis (363–431 CE). This attribution was in the past seen as controversial (Derrett, 1960), but Palladius has now definitively been proven to be the author, as evidenced for example by the fact that the text appears in several manuscripts as an appendix to the Historia Lausiaca.

The treatise circulated as an independent text, but it was also interpolated in the Alexander Romance by …

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Di Serio, Chiara, “De gentibus Indiae et Bragmanibus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2020

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