Plato, Republic 588b-589bVI,5 : 48,16 - 51,23 (PR588b-589b)
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Krause-Labib, Gnostische und hermetische Schriften Pp. 52-53, 166-69.

H.-M. Schenke, Review of Robinson et al., Facsimile Edition: Codex VI OLZ 69 ( 1974 ) , cols. 236-42.

Severe damage to the top four or five lines of each page of this brief tractate as well as the extremely difficult Coptic in which it is written made this document an unsolved riddle until H.-M. Schenke identified it as a very poor translation of a section from Plato’s Republic (588b-589b). Prior to this discovery i…

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Brashler, James, “Plato, Republic 588b-589bVI,5 : 48,16 - 51,23 (PR588b-589b)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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