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Greek apologist (2nd half of 2nd cent.), is mentioned briefly only by Methodius of Olympus (De resurrectione mortuorum I, 37, 1–3, with a fragment from Athenagoras's Supplicatio) and Philip of Side (in a confused passage copied by Theodorus Lector, GCS 54, 1971, 160). He describes himself as a Christian philosopher from Athens (Supplicatio, titulus, if authentic; he was clearly not the “head” of the Academy, as Philip claims). Whether this description indicates a philosophical education before his conversion is as uncertain as Philip's claim that Athenag…

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Kinzig, Wolfram, “Athenagoras,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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