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Priscillianus, Priscillianism
(1,193 words)

Spanish ascetic and Christian theologian of Late Antiquity; term used for the ascetic movement he founded.

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I. Life of Priscillianus and history of Priscillianism

A great deal of P.' biography remains unknown and has been distorted by a hostile tradition. P. was probably born prior to AD 350; he is believed to have been from a wealthy Spanish family. His training in rhetoric indicates an education befitting his class.…

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Markschies, Christoph (Berlin), “Priscillianus, Priscillianism”, 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 23 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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