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Reitzenstein, Richard
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(Apr 2, 1861, Breslau – Mar 23, 1931, Göttingen), classical philologist and historian of religion who became a Privatdozent in Breslau in 1888 and, from 1889 onward, professor in Rostock, Giessen, Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, and, from 1914, in Göttingen. As a representative of the history-of-religions school, Reitzenstein published pioneering but methodologically insecure studies of ancient syncretism, Gnosticism (Gnosis), and Manichaeism. Reitzenstein was largely responsible for the “oriental” derivation model of Gnosticism; this culminate…

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Nagel, Peter, “Reitzenstein, Richard”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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