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Clement of Alexandria
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Clement of Alexandria (Titus Flavius Clemens), † before 215

Clement was a Christian teacher who worked in Alexandria and left us some important writings, but about whose life only little is known. He was born in a pagan family, probably in Athens. After his conversion he studied with Christian teachers in Greece, Southern Italy, Syria and Palestine, and finally settled in Alexandria (ca. 180), where he became a pupil of Pantaenus, a non-Gnostic Christian teacher. According to Eusebius, Church History, VI, 6, Clement became Pantaenus' successor as head of the so-called Cate…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Clement of Alexandria”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_078>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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