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Celsus, [I]
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(Κέλσος; Kélsos). Platonic writer, 2nd half of the 2nd cent. AD; author of ‘The True Doctrine (Ἀληθὴς λόγος, Alēthḕs lógos), an anti-Christian text thoroughly refuted by the Christian  Origenes (at the request of his friend and patron Ambrosius), in his eight volume ‘Against the Text of Celsus entitled: The True Doctrine [1. 180-301]. Nothing is known about the ethical work announced by C. (8,76). Everything we do know about him and his work comes down to us via Origen, and even he was entirely dependent on the Alēthḕs lógos for his conclusions regarding C.'s person…

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Baltes, Matthias (Münster), “Celsus, [I]”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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