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(or Alkinoos, as in the mss.), author of the Didaskalikos, a summary of 2nd-century ce school Platonism from the imperial period in the form of a handbook, linking motives of Plato, Xenocrates and Aristotle. Central to it is the teaching of the following three principles. (1) The world comes into being by God ordering pre-existent matter according to the pattern of ideas. (2) The ideas are God's thoughts, in which he conceives of himself as the highest spirit (nous). (3) The major emphasis on God's transcendence, the methodology of knowing God (via negationis, analogiae…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Albinus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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