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Eudorus of Alexandria,
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a 1st-century bce Platonist, assumed the monad and the undetermined dyad to be the principles of all opposites constituting all that exists; above both, however, he posits the absolute One (hen) as the primary principle transcending all opposites, equating it with the “transcendent God” (hyperáno theós). From the absolute One proceed both the monad and the material principle. He ascribes this theory of principles to Plato, but believes (following Speusippus) that the Pythagoreans were the first to espouse it. In ethics, with Plato, he posits “assimilation to God” (ho…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Eudorus of Alexandria,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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