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Satornilus, ca. 120

Satornilus (Gr. Satorneilos, in Lat. sources Saturninus) was a Christian Gnostic [→ Gnosticism] active in Antioch. Our knowledge of Satornilus derives almost exclusively from the information provided by Irenaeus of Lyons in his Adversus Haereses I, 24, 1-2 (ca.180). According to Irenaeus and other anti-Gnostic writers Satornilus was a pupil of → Menander, but this view is based more on the assumption of a Gnostic “genealogy” than on a correspondence between their essential doctrines. He taught that there existed one Unknown Fathe…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Satornilus”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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