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Moderatus of Gades
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Moderatus of Gades, a Neo-Pythagorean of the 1st century ce, argued in favor of a unitary metaphysics inspired by Plato and the Old Academy (I), although Moderatus passed it off as a teaching of the Pythagoreans. Moderatus distinguishes three levels of the One: The first One stands above all being, the second One is identical with the existing and the intelligible, that is, with the world of ideas, and the third One comprises the realm of the soul, to which the reality perceived by the senses and its ma…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Moderatus of Gades”, 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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