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Sextus, Sentences of
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The Sentences of Sextus, or Sextii Sententiae, are a collection, compiled by a Christian, of mostly moral sentences ascribed to the Pythagorean Sextus. They are especially interesting in that they show how Stoic, Cynic, Platonic, and Pythagorean asceticism was taken up in a Christian milieu, with respect not only to sexual restraint, but also to voluntary poverty (Wealth; Ramelli, 2016a). The Greek text is extant in two manuscripts: Patmiensis 263, from the 10th century CE, and Vaticanus gr. 742, from the 14th …

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Sextus, Sentences 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 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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