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Pantaenus
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(died c. 200), a Stoic from Sicily (perhaps), who converted to Christianity. He is said to have carried the gospel to the peoples of the East, traveling as far as India. From about 180, he was a member of the Alexandria presbytery and led there, as one famous for his learning, “the school of the faithful” (Eus. Hist. eccl., V 10.1). Eusebius of Caesarea describes him as the leader of the Alexandrian Catechetical School (VI 6; Alexandrian theology), and names as his student and successor Clement of Alexandria, who was later followed by Origen.

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Pantaenus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024346>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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