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Christian heretic, born about 85, died about 160. M. came from Sinope in Pontus, was a wealthy nauclerus (ship owner/overseas trader, Tert. De praescriptione haereticorum 30,1; naukleros , Navigation). About 140, he joined the Roman congregation, but broke with it in 144 (ibid. 30,2). M. then founded a counter-church (Tert. Adversus Marcionem 4,5,3) which spread rapidly in spite of immediate counteractions. The dispute with M. forced reflections on the basic concepts and contents of the Christian faith. Even…

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Greschat, K. (Mainz), “Marcion”, 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 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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