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Polemon (Polemios)
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Polemon was a follower of Apollinaris of Laodicea about whose life, place of origin, or ecclesiastical position (if any) nothing is known, except that he is said by Valentinus to have been the teacher of Timotheus of Beirut. He must have been active in the 370s or 380s CE.

Maximus the Confessor (Lietzmann, 1904, 274; PG 91.169.D) says that he was well named because he was “hostile (πολέμιος/polemios) to the word of truth,” and Valentinus, presumably for similar reasons (Raven, 1923, 212n1), calls him Polemios rather than Polemon.

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Orton, Robin, “Polemon (Polemios)”, 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 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2019

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